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MBTA approves $150m of upgrades to commuter rail

The MBTA board agreed Wednesday to spend more than $150 million to purchase seven new locomotives and rebuild 74 coaches, upgrading part of the outdated commuter rail fleet.

The new engines and railcar upgrades, which will largely be covered by federal dollars, should mean fewer breakdowns as well as a more comfortable ride for the thousands of customers carried in and out of Boston daily by these trains, officials said.

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