The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) Board of Directors approved a contract for 325 new state-of-the-art replacement buses for the MBTA fleet. The $222.2 million contract, expected to be funded with 80% Federal Formula funds and 20% MBTA Revenue Bond funds, with New Flyer, Inc. calls for delivery of new 40-foot low floor Hybrid and CNG buses to begin in July 2016, with all buses in service by June 2017.
“This is a major step in the process in modernizing the MBTA’s bus fleet and provides an important resource for millions of commuters who rely on the T every day,” said Secretary of Transportation Stephanie Pollack. “But delivering the reliable, world-class service that they and the taxpayers deserve will also require the legislature delivering the administration the tools we need to reform the underlying management and financial operations at the MBTA for long-term sustainability.”
“This is a wise investment that meets an urgent need to retire an aging portion of our bus fleet that has presented significant maintenance challenges and deliver new, top quality replacements that will serve thousands and thousands of our customers each day,” said MBTA Interim GM Frank DePaola.
The MBTA will engage in a detailed design review process with the contractor, New Flyer, Inc. A pilot bus will be manufactured and delivered for review and inspection, followed by manufacture and delivery of the 325 new buses. The MBTA total service fleet includes more than 1,000 buses.