MBTA Bus

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MBTA Bus
image
Neoplan AN440LF Trolleybus on Route 71
Slogan 'Driven by Customer Service'
Parent Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority
Founded 1964
Headquarters 10 Park Plaza, Boston, MA 02116
Locale Greater Boston
Service area Boston and immediate suburbs
Service type Local, express, and Silver Line BRT
Routes 178[1]
Fleet 1,052[1]
Daily ridership 378,500[2]
Fuel type Diesel, CNG, Electric-trolleybus, Diesel-electric Hybrid
Operator MBTA
Chief executive Beverly A. Scott
Website mbta.com
Geographic map of all MBTA Bus services, including private carrier routes

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority operates a large number of bus lines in the greater Boston area. Some routes are for transport within the city; others bring passengers from surrounding areas to stops on the rail lines (commuter or subway) of the MBTA.

The MBTA also operates bus rapid transit service; see the Silver Line article for more information.

The MBTA has a policy objective to provide transit service within walking distance, defined as 1/4 mile, for all residents living in areas with population densities greater than 5,000 inhabitants per square mile (1,900 /km2). Much of this service is provided by bus.

Vehicles[edit]

The MBTA uses trackless trolley, dual mode, compressed natural gas, diesel, and diesel-electric hybrid buses. Most of the MBTA's bus fleet consists of low-floor buses that have wheelchair ramps and audio/visual announcement technology. See MBTA accessibility.

All buses are wheelchair accessible and all buses have orange LED headsigns displaying route and destination, along with automated stop announcements.

Active fleet[edit]

This is the current bus roster for the MBTA as of February 19, 2013. All buses are 102 inches wide.[1][3]

Order Year Manufacturer Model Picture Fleet
(Qty.)
Powertrain
(Engine/Transmission)
Propulsion Length (ft.) Notes
1994 TMC RTS T80206 MBTA TMC RTS 0049.jpg 0001-0138
(138)
Diesel 40
  • 28 are active
  • Others have been retired or scrapped
1995 NovaBus MBTA NovaBus RTS -0383.JPG
MBTA Crosstown Bus 0276.jpg
0139-0400
(262)
  • 77 active
    * Others have been retired or scrapped
1999 NFI C40LF Mbta6001.JPG 6000-6001
(2)
  • Detroit Diesel Series 50G
    • Allison WB-400R
CNG
  • Buses built to NYC MTA specifications
2001 MBTA New Flyer C40LF.jpg 6002-6016
(15)
2003-2004 NABI 40-LFW MBTA NABI 40LFW CNG.jpg
MBTA NABI.jpg
2001-2299
(299)
Neoplan
USA
AN460LF MBTA Neoplan AN460LF CNG 1003.jpg
MBTA Bus Route 39.JPG
1001-1044
(44)
  • Detroit Diesel Series 60G
    • Allison WB-500R
60
  • #1001-1020 & #1030 wrapped for Silver Line
2004 AN440LF Trolleybus4120.Harvard.agr.JPG 4101-4128
(28)
Electric trolleybus 40
  • Some initially wrapped for Silver Line
2004-2005 MBTA 0476.jpg 0401-0593
(193)
Diesel
AN460LF MBTA Silver Line bus 1132.jpg 1101-1132
(32)
  • Detroit Diesel Series 60
    • (No transmission; diesel engine spins generator which powers electric traction motors)[3]
  • Škoda Works
Dual mode 60
  • In Silver Line service
  • #1125-1132 owned by Massport
2006-2007 NFI D40LF NewFlyer 0629.JPG 0600-0754
(155)
  • Cummins ISL
    • Allison WB-400R
Diesel 40
2008 MBTA Bus Route 1.JPG 0755-0909
(155)
2010 DE60LFR MBTA-2010 New Flyer.JPG 1200-1224
(25)
  • Cummins ISL9
    • Allison EP-50 HybriDrive
Hybrid 60
  • #1222-1224 wrapped for Silver Line routes SL4 & SL5
  • #1207 wrecked in July 2012

Facilities[edit]

MBTA buses are operated out of the facilities listed below.[1]

Name Address Routes Operation
Albany Street 421 Albany Street, Boston 57, 59, 60, 65, 170, 501, 502, 503, 504, 505, 553, 554, 556, 558, CT1, CT2, CT3 Weekday rush hours & middays only
Arborway 3600 Washington Street, Jamaica Plain 14, 21, 24, 26, 27, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 34E, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39†, 40, 41, 42, 50, 51, 52 Full-time
Cabot 275 Dorchester Avenue, South Boston 1, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 22, 23, 43, 44, 45, 47, 55, 57*, 59*, 65*, 66, 171, 504*, 554* Full-time
Charlestown 21 Arlington Avenue, Charlestown 90, 91, 92, 93, 94*, 95*, 96*, 97*, 99*, 100*, 101, 104, 105*, 106, 108, 109, 110, 111, 112, 132*, 134*, 136*, 137*, 325, 326, 352, 411*, 430*, Full-time
Bennett/Somerville 21 Arlington Avenue, Charlestown 62, 64, 67, 68, 69, 70, 70A, 71**, 72, 73**, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88, 89, 350, 351 Full-time
Fellsway 465 Salem Avenue, Medford 94, 95, 96, 97, 99, 100, 105, 106 (Melrose peak trips only), 131, 132, 134, 136, 137, 354, 411, 430 Weekday rush hours & middays only
Lynn 985 Western Avenue, Lynn 114, 116, 117, 119, 120, 121, 424, 426, 428, 429, 431, 434, 435, 436, 439, 441, 442, 448, 449, 450, 451, 455, 456, 459, 465 Full-time
North Cambridge 2375 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge 71, 73, 77A Weekdays & Saturdays only
Quincy 954 Hancock Street, Quincy 201, 202, 210, 211, 212, 214, 215, 216, 217, 220, 221, 222, 225, 230, 236, 238, 240, 245, 274‡, 275‡, 276‡, 277‡ Full-time
Southampton 230 Southampton Street, Boston 16, 28, 39, Silver Line BRT Full-time

Notes:

  • * = Route during evenings & weekends.
  • ** = Route during Sundays.
  • † = Route during evenings.
  • ‡ = Private Route for Long Island.

Private buses[edit]

The MBTA also provides operating subsidies to private bus companies for certain routes. These are known collectively as the HI-RIDE Commuter Bus service, and are not numbered or mapped in the same way as integral bus services. MBTA passes are not accepted on some of these services; others accept MBTA passes, but only if they're printed on human-readable CharlieTickets.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d NETransit: MBTA Vehicle Inventory
  2. ^ For the first time since 2008, T Ridership Grows for 3 Months Straight. Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. 6 July 2010. Retrieved 23 April 2011.
  3. ^ a b Capital Investment Program FY2008 — FY2012 (PDF). Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. Retrieved 23 April 2011.
  4. ^ MBTA > Schedules & Maps > Private Bus

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