BOSTON (CBS/AP) – The MBTA showed off its newest piece of equipment Monday – a state-of-the-art commuter rail locomotive.

The train left Union Station in Worcester at 7:35 a.m. for its inaugural trip to South Station in Boston.

It’s the MBTA’s first new locomotive purchase since 1988.

State officials say the diesel-electric locomotive has engines designed to burn fuel more efficiently and idle less, reducing nitrogen oxide levels by 20 tons per engine each year.

It is one of two purchased from the Utah Transit Authority.

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation approved the $114 million purchase last year of 20 new diesel-electric locomotives from an Idaho company. Those locomotives are expected to be brought into service in 2013.

The T has had a rough winter dealing with angry riders upset with delays, failing equipment and poor communication, something General Manager Richard Davey promises to change.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Kim Tunnicliffe talks to Davey about delays

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Comments (15)
  1. Scott says:

    Not sure if it was the new train but it was late by over 15 mins.

  2. sgferr says:

    I am extremely frustrated by all the negative words and press coverage of the Commuter Rail and MBTA. My husband has been a dedicated railroad employee for almost 25 years and works so very hard. He has been working literally around the clock (on salary mind you) for weeks on end dealing with this wintery mess. Give the guys and girls a break, I know for a fact they are exhausted!!!

    1. jeff says:

      Well one would think that after 25 years they would have it figured out but noooooooooooooo!

  3. bill says:

    Only 15 minutes? Lucky you.

  4. 01608 says:

    The locomotive is new with MAYBE three more to come.
    From what I read last yr. the p.w.r.r. are getting them ready.

  5. WesWelkerFan says:

    I saw that engine last Wednesday at North Station. So now you are telling me it will run on the south side? FIGURES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. DMK says:

    The locomotives were obtained from Utah where the commuter rail system there had a surplus of rolling stock when their expansion of trackage of their lines was postponed. Up to 4 of these will make an appearance in Boston as they are made ready to run locally.

    As to “south side” and “north side” running, these are in effect two different railroads and one has to take into consideration which rolling stock works better on each. In the case of the new locomotives I believe they have been equipped with necessary gear to work with the signal systems on the south side which are newer, and which are not available on the north side as yet.

    Keep in mind that the MBTA owns their tracks from Boston to Providence. On the north side the tracks are owned by PanAm/Guilford Railroad, a freight mover, so the MBTA and the Amtrak Downeaster are a guest on someone else’s tracks.

  7. NShore commuter says:

    Where is the GM’s short term plan to address the recent issues to improve service thru Winter 2011 ? And where is the longer term plan with permanent fixes beyond Winter 2011 ? Does the GM ride the commuter rail to work ?

  8. DStein says:

    What is it about the Deval Patrick Admiinstration that they can’t seem to get transportation right?

    Since Deval took office we’ve had problems with traffic jams on the Pike because they shut down some of the toll booths, the MBTA seems to be running worse than ever and bleeding more money, and the RMV has closed too many offices and can’t serve the public as well.

  9. 01608 says:

    It’s the first purchase since 88, how dose Patrick fit in?

    As 4 da rmv. They have been going down hill 4 a long long time.

  10. Jeff says:

    we get used trains from utah….mbta is a joke

    1. Keith says:

      @Jeff, from what I just read, the Utah Transit System had the extra equipment due to funding problems with the expansion of their system. I think it’s great the MBTA was able to buy excess rolling stock from another system. The time required to take delivery of a new locomotive is probably 2-3 times the amount of time to take delivery of a piece of equipment that is already built.

  11. 01608 says:

    I’ll take the frontrunner for 1000 please Jeff.

    I don’t think it is used.

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