I’ve said it frequently – the MBTA needs several billion dollars to upgrade equipment.
But how are they going to get the money to do this? Unless their federal delegation starts getting serious about it, it ain’t gonna happen.
And I’ll evaluate the various subway lines – the Red and Orange lines are in need of upgrade more than anything. In the case of the Red Line all the 015, 016 and 017 cars need to be replaced – when they come down the track you can hear and feel the bearings on the axles grinding like all hell.
The Green line is a mix of older and newer cars. But it seems in good enough shape for now.
The Silver line are fairly recent articulated buses so they’re in good shape too.
And of course the Blue line – that’s the one that goes between Wonderland and Bowdoin with one major stop being Government Center. And of course that’s the line in the best condition.
Now let’s talk about the commuter rail. The locomotives date to the 70’s and 80’s and are in need of replacement. They’ve begun doing so with more modern locomotives but it’s a slow process. And I contend that the locomotives should be replaced with electric power cars on the Providence/Boston line. It’s all electrified already and I’m sure they could work out compensation with Amtrak.