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The end of the Neoplan 1000-series CNG artics is fast arriving.  The silver 1000's are still showing up on the SL4 and SL5 but Southampton is borrowing NABI buses from Arborway and Cabot to make service.  The 39 is operating with a mix of the DE60LFR's and the new XDE60's plus the occasional NABI.  It appears that the 28 and 39 will share both types of hybrid artics going forward, unlike the past where the yellow Neoplans rarely operated on the 28.

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It looks like the T has unofficially retired the yellow-painted AN460LFs. As RailBus63 said, routes 28 and 39 have been using the DE60LFRs and XDE60s, with Cabot and Arborway NABIs to fill in service gaps. The AN460LFs were not regularly assigned to the 28 because that route, along with route 23, require buses with cameras which the AN460LFs do not have. This was  in response to shootings on both routes about 10 years ago. Shortly after the shootings, some of Charlestown's D40LFs were loaned to Cabot for use on routes 23 and 28 until the NABIs could be retrofitted with camera systems.

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MBTA WILL NOT RENEW CONTRACT WITH KEOLIS COMMUTER SERVICES: Massachusetts Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack has confirmed that the MBTA does not plan to extend its contract with Keolis Commuter Services. Keolis currently has the contract to operate MBTA's commuter railroad system. The current commuter rail contract with Keolis will expire on June 30, 2022. MassDOT stated that it will work with Keolis to provide excellent service to its commuters for the duration of the contract. (posted 1/08) 

http://www.railpace.com/hotnews/

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On 1/23/2017 at 1:41 PM, swtat said:

Here's a sneak peak at the technology behind the buses that will eventually replace the dual-mode Neoplan AN460LF buses. Look in the "Extended electric travel" section.

The 44 XDE60's that are being delivered now to replace the AN460LF's do not have the extended-electric option.  The contract included an option for a 45th bus that would have this feature, but I haven't read anything about that option being exercised yet.

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$7.9 MILLION INVESTMENT TO UPGRADE MATTAPAN LINE TROLLEY FLEET: The MBTA Fiscal and Management Control Board was briefed Monday on a plan to invest $7.9 million to fully overhaul its existing Presidential Conference Committee (PCC) streetcars with new propulsion, brakes, and power supply systems. The plan would extend the life of the Mattapan-Ashmont Station High Speed Line vehicles, also known as the "Mattapan trolley." This investment over the next two years will maintain the historical significance of the distinctive orange and cream-colored cars, and also includes a study of options for the future of the line. A series of public meetings will also be held in April in Dorchester, Mattapan and Milton. "These historic vehicles are among the very last of many thousands that operated in major cities across the United States, and are beloved by many residents in the communities they serve," said MBTA Acting General Manager Brian Shortsleeve. "The Mattapan Trolley Line is a critical transportation link for residents in my district," said State Senator Linda Dorcena Forry. "The MBTA's investment of $7.9 million to the existing cars will keep them viable for the next decade, while the $1.1 million Due Diligence Survey will take a holistic look at the long-term solutions for the trolley line. I have advocated for investment and sustainability of the Mattapan Trolley for over 12 years and am elated a roadmap will be created to ensure this crucial piece of infrastructure continues to serve the residents of Mattapan, Dorchester and Milton." "The Mattapan High Speed Trolley Line provides a crucial public transportation link to residents of Milton," said State Senator Walter Timilty. "I am pleased to see the MBTA invest in both maintaining the line's existing cars and reviewing options for updates to its infrastructure. I look forward to working together with the MBTA and my colleagues at the State House to not only preserve an essential element of the region's history but to also ensure access to public transit extends to future generations." "The Mattapan Trolley Line is important not just for its daily function - connecting more than 4,600 residents to the Red Line and Bus System - but for what it represents - a tangible connection to our community's history," said State Representative Dan Cullinane. "The Mattapan Trolley Line is a bright spot. It provides a consistent and reliable public transit link for the residents of Mattapan, Milton and Dorchester and is vital to our local economy. For the past year, Mattapan, Dorchester and Milton elected officials and residents have collectively advocated for increased investment in the Mattapan Line and I am grateful to the MBTA's Fiscal Management Control Board for not just listening, but acting, with today's state investment of $7.9 million dollars. We can all celebrate this as a big win for those who rely on and support the Mattapan High Speed Trolley Line." "The Mattapan trolley has been an integral transportation connection for constituents for many years," said State Representative Russell E. Holmes. "It is great to know that MassDOT has approved the investment needed to provide the maintenance needed to make the PCC Cars reliable. MassDOT will next do the long term planning and evaluations to develop proposals for the community to consider the next generation solution that will provide service for future generations" Because of their age, the MBTA's PCC fleet requires constant repair and replacement of parts that are no longer available on the market, and must be manufactured by MBTA machinists at the T's Everett shops. Parts have also been obtained from museums, all adding to the overall cost of repairs. The fleet consists of 10 cars, of which 7 are in revenue service. The Mattapan HSL opened in 1929 and is known for its distinctive streetcars, whose use dates back to the mid-1940s. The partially grade-separated light rail line services parts of Dorchester, Mattapan and Milton. While one of the shortest existing trolley lines, it is popular among many because it still uses PCC cars and offers some surprisingly scenic views. The line follows the right-of-way of two former Old Colony Railroad branches, and runs parallel to the Neponset River for much of its 2.6-mile route. The line serves Mattapan Station, Capen Street Station, Valley Road Station, Central Avenue Station, Milton Station, Butler Station, Cedar Grove Station, and Ashmont Station. (MBTA - posted 2/28) 

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The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority is proposing to eliminate all weekend commuter rail service and tens of thousands of door-to-door rides for passengers with disabilities, part of a slate of cost-cutting moves meant to close a $42 million budget deficit.

https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2017/03/13/mbta-could-cut-all-weekend-commuter-rail-service-certain-trips-for-disabled-riders/xMzKjWs1XXXgKivZzTDAZP/story.html?s_campaign=bdc:article:stub

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Since the MBTA's scrap contractor is unable to scrap the old buses at a pace quick enough with New Flyer's manufacturing, some NABIs have made their way to Fellsway garage due to the lack of space at Arborway, Cabot, and Southampton garages. This is probably the only time we'll ever see CNG buses at Fellsway, even if they aren't active.

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1 hour ago, MBTANewFlyerXDE60 said:

MBTA Bus Stock

TMC (Transportation Manufacturing Corp.):

1994 RTS T80206 [Active: 18] [Diesel] All Units Retired By 2018

NOVABUS:

1995 RTS T80206 [Active: 21] [Diesel] All Units Retired By 2018

NABI (North American Bus Industries):

2003 - 2004 40LFW [Active: 115] [Diesel] All Units Retired By August 2017

NEOPLAN USA:

AN440LF (ETB) [Active: 28] [Electric Trolleybus] Equipped w/ Left Hand Door For Harvard Bus Tunnel

 

More Coming Soon...

 

 

 

 

There is better thread for this. 

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Cording to the NE transit the Mbta Vehicle inventory update 

That 1408-1415-1419 went back to Charlestown 

And that 1805-1837-1840 went back to Cabot

they only did that switch for a little time cause the buses buses from Cabot has the operator shields and the Xcelsiors from Charlestown doesn't besides 1401 has it 

From the Mbta Vehicle inventory reportedly that the MBTA has exercised or will soon exercise a change order with New Flyer to purchase the additional first option bus XDE-60. This bus will be equipped for extended battery operation and will be used for testing. The test XDE60 is expected to arrive by late 2017. This contract change is not a high enough value to require a board vote.  This will be Part of an option to order up to 46 additional hybrid buses with extended-range electric operation to replace the current dual-mode fleet, thus would not require a change of power between trackless trolley and diesel at Silver Line Way.

Would expand fleet for the Silver Line Gateway.

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 http://www.transithistory.org/roster/

Update: On 07/31/2017, the MBTA FMCB approved a $40 million contract with Midwest Bus to overhaul all 155 2008 New Flyer D40LF buses 0755-0909. First pilot bus is expected back 18 weeks after contract award.  All 155 buses are expected to be completed by summer 2019.

 

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Would like to let you know that a reload button has been added to the stop listings page in  http://yourstop.info (see attached image). This means that it is no longer necessary to go back to the "My Stops" page and select the stop again to get the latest live information.
 

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A much improved version of yourstop.info has just been released. Geolocation and maps are now included and the text search facility for stops now shows the routes and destinations serviced by the stop. It looks prettier too ! 

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Per the NE Transit MBTA vehicle inventory website (http://www.transithistory.org/roster/), the 32 remaining active RTS buses at Charlestown garage are being removed from service and will be maintained as an operable contingency fleet.   Eleven of the buses have already been moved to Everett Shops and the remaining 21 will be phased out of regular service.  New XDE40 buses #1910-1924 have been transferred from Cabot to Charlestown to fill the gap and Cabot now has XN40's #1715-1718 from Arborway.  So the RTS era in Boston is almost over.

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Hopefully, there will still be some MBTA RTS to see during the Boston MBS convention next year, even if they are parked.

Does SRTA still have their RTS?

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At this point, I wonder what the fate of the option order of 60 XDE60s will be. With the rehab of the D40LF's on the horizon and the 40' Neoplans a few years from retirement, I wonder what bus shuffling might take place. 

Would Lynn and Quincy end up with that option order of Xcelsiors so their buses could be rehabbed? Would the Neoplans leave Albany St/Fellsway to help Charlestown out? Would Albany/Fellsway end up D40LF garages in a post-Neoplan world? It's going to be an interesting few years before the MBTA reverts to being a practical unifleet once again.

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On 11/8/2017 at 10:42 PM, Chris H said:

Hopefully, there will still be some MBTA RTS to see during the Boston MBS convention next year, even if they are parked.

Does SRTA still have their RTS?

Due to the crowd the MBS attracts, I imagine Boston will save one or two for then. SRTA sold the last of their RTS last year I believe (All were 1998s, and very few were in working order. One was bought by a bus fan but was scrapped recently because it just kept having issues) but the auction pages should still be up somewhere. Worst-case scenario, the trolley wire cleaner bus comes out, or the MBS will go to Brockton for their 9501 (one of very few RTS in that area, and this one has been preserved by BAT). Another system nearby, CATA, should have one 30ft 1998 RTS running as well, numbered 9803.

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On 6/24/2017 at 6:59 AM, Gilligman2010 said:

Cording to the NE transit the Mbta Vehicle inventory update 

That 1408-1415-1419 went back to Charlestown 

And that 1805-1837-1840 went back to Cabot

they only did that switch for a little time cause the buses buses from Cabot has the operator shields and the Xcelsiors from Charlestown doesn't besides 1401 has it 

From the Mbta Vehicle inventory reportedly that the MBTA has exercised or will soon exercise a change order with New Flyer to purchase the additional first option bus XDE-60. This bus will be equipped for extended battery operation and will be used for testing. The test XDE60 is expected to arrive by late 2017. This contract change is not a high enough value to require a board vote.  This will be Part of an option to order up to 46 additional hybrid buses with extended-range electric operation to replace the current dual-mode fleet, thus would not require a change of power between trackless trolley and diesel at Silver Line Way.

Would expand fleet for the Silver Line Gateway.

Wasn't the MBTA going to get all-electric buses?

http://www.transithistory.org/roster/

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Today was the last day of operation for the MBTA's six remaining RTS buses.  Three of the buses ran in revenue service during the afternoon rush - 0002, 0018 and 0109, all TMC buses from 1994.   The final trip was made by 0018, on a route 94 run from Davis station to Medford Square. The six buses will be driven to Everett Shops tomorrow morning to join the reserve fleet.

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