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At today's board meeting, they revealed what caused the derailment of Red Line #1 car 01602 which caused the June 11 derailment. Also at next Monday's meeting, they will vote on overhauling the 25 2010 1200-1224 New Flyer Hybrid buses. https://cdn.mbta.com/sites/default/files/2019-09/2019-09-16-fmcb-17-public-agenda-accessible.pdf

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Yesterday at the board meeting, they were giving an update on the bus fleet. They were talking about how the MBTA is exploring on purchasing 60 40 foot hybrid buses from a Viriginia state contract. It is also appearent that not all the Silver Line drivers know how to drive the XE60 since operator training is still on-going. The MBTA is using XDE60 #1294 (extended-range hybrid) and XE60 buses (1295-1299) to see which vehicle can replace the DMA fleet which will need to be replaced in the next few years since their overhaul extended their life from 12 to 18 years in total. A decision will be made in summer 2020 which fuel-type of buses. Last thing to mention is that they approved of a contract with Northeast Bus Rebuilders for 16.7 million dollars to overhaul the 25 2010 #1200-1224 Hybrids that operate the 28, 39 & Silver Line Washington St.(SL4 & SL5). Ronkonowa, New York is where the overhaul work will be done but the commissioning will be done at the acceptence site in Readville, Massachusetts. This overhaul including repairs to components, replacement of the Energy Storage System and repair of accident damged long-term repair bus #1207 which happened in 2012. The bus hasn´t been operated since then. I will be making a new thread which will give you updates on the overhaul. I will also post the link to the thread so don´t worry.

Also, 2019 XDE40 #1925 has entered service. Since this is the first of the 194 XDE40s entering service, that´s why I posted it here but I will post updates in the xcelsior updates in thread when other XDE40s are in testing/ enter service.

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On October 8,  the first 2 of 6 pilot red line cars have arrived at Cabot Yard in South Boston. They will undergo extensive testing before being predicted to enter service in the Spring of next year. The remainder 4 of 6 arrived by October 22.

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Today, the FMCB meeting approved the Virginia state contract to purchase the option order of 60 XDE40 buses which will be used to expand the fleet size. The buses could be used for private operated bus service or be used to increase peak hour service as part of the Better Bus's effort.

 

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On 12/9/2019 at 9:27 PM, Mitsubishi Fuso 6512 said:

According to Wikipedia, the 2004-05 Neoplan USA AN440LF Transliners will be replaced next year. 

The AN440LF's will be replaced by the current order of 194 XDE40's that are entering service now (# 1925-2118).  To date, none of the Neoplans have been pulled off the road yet because the MBTA fleet has been short due to the ongoing rebuild of the 2008-09 D40LF's at Midwest Bus.  That program is winding down now, and as additional new XDE40's enter service at Charlestown Garage it will allow the older D40LF's there to begin to be transferred out to begin to retire the Neoplans. 

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So for any neoplan nuts out there, it appears an440 retirement is starting to pick up steam finally so it’s time to start planning trips and the like..

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6 hours ago, MAX BRT said:

Great article on the push in Massachusetts to electrify the MBTA bus fleet.

State push to promote electric buses faces obstacles

https://www.salemnews.com/news/state_news/state-push-to-promote-electric-buses-faces-obstacles/article_21ebdb0b-f402-5de1-9fca-593baf8faf3a.html

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The North Cambridge garage will be rebuilt as an all-electric bus facility

 

Except it already is all-electric! Maybe not the *type* of all electric that theyre specifically looking for though, lol.

I guess that's when the last of the trolleybuses will be yanked off the road? Damn shame...

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Pilot bus 1210 has been shipped to NEBR Long Island Facility in March of this year.

This is the thread i will be making updates on the DE60LFR overhaul.

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