American Transit

MBTA to Eliminate Cambridge Trackless Trolleys

MBTA to Eliminate Cambridge Trackless Trolleys

Boston, MA – The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority or MBTA has revealed plans to replace their current trolleybuses on routes 71 and 73, with battery-electric buses. MBTA plans to discontinue trolley bus (or trackless trolley) service on routes 71 and 73 in March 2022, and temporarily place traditional buses on the line. While traditional buses…

MTA Says Farewell to Iconic R32 Cars
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MTA Says Farewell to Iconic R32 Cars

New York City, NY – The Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the nation’s largest transit operator, says farewell to the nation’s oldest subway cars. After 58 years of service, the Budd R32 cars finally retired from revenue service this past Sunday. The R32 class subway cars first entered service in 1964 and were built by the Budd…

DART and SEPTA Service to Tri-State Mall Discontinued
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DART and SEPTA Service to Tri-State Mall Discontinued

Claymont, DE – Starting today, December 1st, 2021, SEPTA Route 113 and DART First State routes 13 and 61 will no longer serve Tri-State Mall. A land developer has purchased the land that was once Tri-State Mall and intends to tear down the former mall in order to build warehouses. In turn, buses have been…

NJ Transit Advances Order of 2022 MCI D4500CTs
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NJ Transit Advances Order of 2022 MCI D4500CTs

Newark, NJ – New Jersey Transit advanced the delivery of the 2022 D4500CT highway coaches from Motor Coach Industries (MCI). There are to be 120 of these buses delivered, which will complete the contract placed in 2016 with MCI. This will be the last and final delivery of the CT model as Motor Coach Industries…

NJ Transit Approves Purchase of 8 Electric Buses
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NJ Transit Approves Purchase of 8 Electric Buses

Newark, NJ – NJ Transit approved a purchase of eight electric buses built from New Flyer Industries. These new electric buses are to operate out of Newton Avenue garage which is in Camden NJ, with a pilot arriving in mid-2022. These new buses will be the New Flyer XE40 model with the Siemens electric propulsion…

SEPTA Approves the Purchase of 220 New Flyer Hybrids
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SEPTA Approves the Purchase of 220 New Flyer Hybrids

Philadelphia, PA: Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) has approved the purchase of 220 new hybrid buses from New Flyer industries. After an order of 525 New Flyer Xcelsiors, for a total of 1,708 New Flyer Buses built for SEPTA so far, it’s no surprise that SEPTA would continue to work with New Flyer for a…

WMATA 7000 Series Pulled from Service

WMATA 7000 Series Pulled from Service

Washington DC – Washington Metropolitan Area Transportation Authority – or WMATA has pulled all their Kawasaki-built 7000 series cars from service at 5 am today. Following a major derailment on the Blue line that occurred on October 12th, the Washington Metrorail Safety Commission or WMSC instructed that all Kawasaki-built 7000 series cars were pulled from…

Opinion: “SEPTA Metro” is a Step in the Right Direction

Opinion: “SEPTA Metro” is a Step in the Right Direction

SEPTA Metro is SEPTA’s new wayfinding program, which aims to rebrand the SEPTA Rail Transit system. The plan is truly a step in the right direction, but it’s fundamentally flawed in execution. This article will show suggestions for the right execution to encourage new riders without alienating present riders. Routes The colors and symbols/labels introduced…