Buses and Trackless Trolleys

Diesel and CNG bus fleet
Series # # active # stored   Builder - Model Engine Type year built

length

seats
0001-0136
37
2
  TMC-T80 206 RTS Detroit Series 50
1994
40
40 seats
0139-0250
26
3
  Nova BUS T-80 206 (RTS) Detroit Series 50
1995
40
40 seats
0251-0400
65
9
  Nova BUS T-80 206 (RTS) Detroit Series 50
1995
40
40 seats
0401-0593
192
1
  Neoplan-AN440 LF Caterpiller CS
2004-05
40
40 seats
0600-0754
155
0
  NewFlyer DL-40 Cummins ISL diesel
2006-2007
40
40 seats
0755-0909
155
0
  New Flyer DL-40 Cummins ISL diesel
2008
40
40 seats
1001-1044
44
0
  Neoplan AN460 LF Detroit Series 60G (CNG)
2003-04
60
57 seats
1200-1224
25
0
New Flyer DE60LFR
Cummins ISL diesel/Allison Hybrid drive
2010
60
57 seats
                 
2001-2124
124
0
  NABI-40LFW Cummins C8.3 gas (CNG)
2003
40
39 seats
2125-2299
175
0
  NABI-40LFW Cummins C8.3 gas (CNG)
2004
40
39 seats
5000-5001
0
2
  Orion 06 Lockheed Hybrid Drive
1999
40
31 seats
6000-6001
2
0
  New Flyer DL40 Detroit Series 50 (CNG)
1999
40
39 seats
6002-6016
15
0
  New Fllyer DL40 Detroit Series 50 (CNG)
2001
40
39 seats
Trackless Trolley and Dual-Mode Fleet
1101-1124
24
0
  Neoplan-DMA LF dual mode Detroit series 60 - desel Skoda Electric
2004-2005
60
47 seats
1125-1132
8
0
  Neoplan-DMA LF dual mode Detroit series 60 - desel Skoda Electric
2005
60
38 seats
4000-4049
0
0
  Flyer E800 General Electric
1976
40
44
4101-4128
28
0
  Neoplan AN-440 LF/ETB Skoda
2004
40
31
                 

 

Information is current as of 2/10 and from other publications. .

Boston has a large variety of buses on the MBTA. They range from compressed gas to trackless trolley. The above roster gives a good overview of the variety. Of interest are 1101 class which is daul mode; conventional diesel but trackless trolley in areas such as the Trade Center where electrical operation is mandated due to the otherwise fumes from diesel power. Currently Boston received its second order of New Flyer DL40 low floor buses numbering 310. The future of the CNG are also in question right now as it appears the either low sulphur diesel or hybrid buses might be considered in the future. Compared to other properties MBTA has a relatively small fleet of conventioinal articulated buses. Many of them are assigned on the 39 route which supplements the E Branch of the Green Line and goes where those cars once went to Arborway on the south side. The third phase of the Silver Line will no doubt have additional articulated buses added to the fleet. 25 new New Flyer 60 foot articulated low sulpher burning buses have been in delivered in 2010 to supplement the existing Nabi fleet currently used on the Silver Line and 39. The RTS rebuilts are mercifully being withdrawn from service as newer buses replace them. This roster does not include suburban affiliated lines within the greater Boston area nor does it list particular garage assignments and lines served other than the trackless trolleys that are serviced at the Cambridge garage on Mass Ave.

Nabi CNG 2011 sits at Mattapan serving as substitute service for the then out of service high speed trolley line in October, 2007. mbta2011
   
Nabi CNG 2136 parked on Boylston by the Green line Copley station mbta2136
   
Another Nabi CNG bus moves down Tremont towards Boylston near the Boston Commons. 2287
   
A rebuilt RTS 0092 pulls away from its bus stop at Porter Square on Mass Ave. Behind is a New Flyer DL40. The 0092 is ons of the few high floor buses still being used on the "T". They won't be missed! 0092
   
Silver Line BRT 1006 heads towards the corner of Boylston and Tremont on Tremont. The bus was made by Neoplan. Similar buses are dual mode - diesel and electric also on the Silver Line. silverline
   
Neoplan 0513 pulls away from the Wonderland station, terminus for the Blue Line. How many times can you see 0513 in this picture? nova0503
   
New Flyer DL40 0687 is at Lechmere Terminal waiting to get ready to pick up passengers. mbta0687
   

New Flyer DL40 pulls away from the Porter Square station. This bus was part of the first part of the DL40 order.

flyeratporter
   
MBTA 0756 is part of the second large order of DL40 New Flyer buses. It is shown at the Red Line Quincy Center Station not too far from the John Adams National Park DL402ndorder
   
A night shot of a 39 articulated at Huintington and Lockwood on the 39 Line. night artic
   

Artic 1041 on the 39 Line on Huintington. The 39 and other key routes now have additional new articulated buses delivered in 2010.

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Trackless Trolley 4125 on one of the routes radiating out of Harvard Square. The present cluser is the last of what was a far larger system. 4125tt
   
Trackless Trolley heading to Waverly Square. Notice the unique left hand door used at Harvard Square. mbta4114
   
Neoplan trackless trolley 4118 loads passengers. All of the trackless trolley buses are parked at the Cambridge bus garage locataed on Mass Ave.nn

mbta4118

 

No, this is not in Boston. This is a former MBTA Flyer trackless trolley at the world famous Seashore Trolley Museum at Kennebunk, Maine. MBTA still as a few of these left for back up. seashorett
   
   

 

 
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