By adamg on Wed, 06/02/2010 - 8:41pm
Imagine one of these babies in silver and purple.
No, don't worry, Mitt Romney isn't coming back. The Mass. Department of Transportation says it's getting a bunch of new locomotives (up to nine) from the Utah Transit Authority (yes, of course Utah has a transit authority). The locomotives, scheduled for delivery this fall, will be the first new ones the T has gotten for commuter rail in 17 years (you may recall has the state was all set to buy some locomotives from a Spanish company, but then Idaho julienned the deal and then the T said to hell with Idaho).
Why are we buying or leasing (decision not made yet) $3.5-million diesels from Utah? Seems the UTA bought more than it needed. MassDOT says 80% of the cost will be paid by the feds - and the T will save more money because the new units are more fuel efficient (and pollute less).