State Rep. Dan Cullinane (D-Dorchester) reports on an answer from the MBTA about the long-term status of the 1940s trolleys that now run between Mattapan Square and Ashmont:
The MBTA is currently initiating a study that will evaluate the options for the future Mattapan car fleet. The existing fleet has been in service since 1946. Parts are no longer available to support these vehicles and they are becoming more unreliable. The MBTA plans to have completed this study of various replacement options in six months.
He adds that, in the short term, the T is hopeful it can keep the trolleys running more frequently after winter storms:
Unfortunately the PCC (Presidential Cable Cars) are extremely vulnerable to snow and moisture. As a precaution, because of no spare parts, when the snow fall exceeds approximately 5 inches they need to stop running the service. This winter the MBTA is better prepared to clear the line and resume service because of new snow fighting equipment.