Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority

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The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) is "a body politic and corporate, and a political subdivision" of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts formed in 1964 to finance and operate most bus, subway, commuter rail and ferry systems in the greater Boston, Massachusetts, area. It replaced the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA), immortalized by the Kingston Trio in the popular folk-protest lament "The MTA Song". Locals call it simply "The T", after its logo, the letter T in a circle, adopted in the 1960s. In 2006, the system averaged 1.1 million passenger trips each weekday, of which the subway averaged 598,200, making it the fourth busiest subway system in the United States. The Green Line and Ashmont–Mattapan High Speed Line of the T comprise the busiest light-rail system in the U.S, with a weekday ridership of 255,100. The MBTA also operates its own independent law enforcement agency, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority Police.


This is a comprehensive guide to the vehicles currently in passenger service with The T.



Buses

Year Make Model Image Example Dimensions
ft/wd
Engine Transmission Fleet #
1976 Flyer Industries E800 Trackless Trolley MBTA Flyer 4036.jpg 40'X102" GE Traction Motors N/A 4006, 4016, 4024, 4034, 4037
(Reserve Fleet)
1994 Transportation Manufacturing Corporation Model T80-206 RTS MBTA TMC 0039.jpg 40'X102" DD Series 50 Allison V-731 ATEC 0001-0138
1995 NovaBUS Corporation Model T80-206 RTS MBTA Nova 0188.jpg 40'X102" DD Series 50 Allison V-731 ATEC 0139-0400
1999-2001 New Flyer Industries C40LF CNG Low Floor MBTA NFI 6013.jpg 40'X102" DD Series 50G Allison B-400R WTEC 6000-6016
2003 North American Bus Industries Model 040.24 (40-LFW) CNG Low Floor 40'X102" Cummins C Gas Plus Allison B-400R WTEC 2001-2124
2003-04 Neoplan USA Corporation AN-460LF CNG Transliner Low Floor Articulated MBTA Neoplan 1008a.jpg 60'X102" DD Series 60G Allison B-500R WTEC 1001-1044
2004 North American Bus Industries Model 040.27 (40-LFW) CNG Low Floor 40'X102" Cummins C Gas Plus Allison B-400R WTEC 2125-2299
2004-05 Neoplan USA Corporation DMA-460LF Dual-Mode Low Floor Articulated Trackless Trolley 60'X102" DD Series 60G Allison B-500R WTEC with Skoda Traction Motors 1001-1044


Trains

Year Make Model Image Example Dimensions
ft/wd
Propulsion Fleet #
1945-46 Pullman Standard PCC "Wartime Class" Streetcar MBTA PCC 3260.jpg 46'X8' 3087, 3234, 3238, 3254, 3260, 3262, 3263, 3265, 3268
1969-70 Pullman Standard #1 Red Line Subway Car MBTA Pullman 01641.jpg 69'X10' 01500-01523, 01600-01651
1978-80 Hawker Siddeley #4 East Boston Subway Car MBTA Hawker-Siddeley 0603.jpg 48'X9' 0600-0669
1979-81 Hawker Siddeley #12 Main Line Subway Car MBTA Hawker-Siddeley 01222.jpg 65'X9' 01200-01319
1986-88, 1997 Kinki-Sharyo Type-7 Light Rail Vehicle MBTA Kinkisharyo 3606.jpg 72'X8' 3600-3719
1987-88 Messerschmitt-Bolkow-Blohm GmbH CTC-3 Control Trailer Coaches MBTA Messerschmitt 1523.jpg 85'X10' 1500-1533
1987-89 UTDC #2 Red Line Subway Car MBTA UTDC 01738.jpg 69'X10' 01700-01757
1990-91 Kawasaki Rail Car CTC-4 Control Trailer Coaches MBTA Kawasaki 1709.jpg 85'X10' 1700-1724
1991-93 Morrison Knudsen F40PHM-2C Locomotives MBTA Locomotive 1036.jpg 1025-1036
1993-94 Bombardier Transportation #3 Red Line Subway Car MBTA Bombardier 01857.jpg 69'X10' 01800-01885
1999-2007 Breda Type-8 Light Rail Vehicle MBTA Breda 3808.jpg 74'X8' 3800-3894