You can now read 5 articles in a month for free on Read as much as you want anywhere and anytime for just 99¢.

MBTA to debut new, more efficient locomotives

MBTA officials will unveil the first of 40 new environmentally friendly commuter rail locomotives at North Station on Wednesday, transportation officials said.

Each new locomotive will be tested and put into service on the MBTA’s 12 commuter rail lines as they arrive over the summer.

Continue reading below

That will allow older equipment, some of which has been in use for 40 years, to be taken out of service.

The first engine will begin its run Wednesday morning at North Station, and will traverse the Haverhill Line.

Idaho company MotivePower, Inc. was awarded a $222 million contract in August 2010 to design and build the diesel-electric locomotives at its headquarters in Boise.

The new locomotives will be more reliable and will have better air systems than the engines they are replacing, said Kelly Smith, spokeswoman for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority.

The new locomotives are compliant with Environmental Protection Agency standards and are more fuel efficient, officials say.

The MBTA expects up to a 6 percent increase in fuel efficiency, resulting in about 10,000 gallons of fuel saved per locomotive per year, or the equivalent of $1 million in annual savings, officials said.

Jacqueline Tempera can be reached at jacqueline.tempera
. Follow her on Twitter @jacktemp.
Loading comments...
Want each day's news headlines delivered fresh to your
inbox every morning? Just connect with us
in one of the following ways:
Please enter a valid email will never post anything without asking.
Privacy Policy
Subscriber Log In

You have reached the limit of 5 free articles in a month

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than 25¢ a week
Marketing image of
Marketing image of