As a follow up to a story we first reported on June 4th Boston To a T can now confirm that the MBTA’s order for 40 new locomotives is about two months behind schedule.
Last year the MBTA released a statement stating that the first of 3 pilot locomotives would be arriving in Boston this month. According to MBTA spokesperson Joe Pesaturo the first pilot unit will not be shipped out of the Motive Power Industries plant in Boise, Idaho until the end of July.
Pesaturo blames the delay on "design modifications and improvements".
Currently, all 3 pilot units are out of production and are being prepped for testing. One of them will be sent to GE's Transportation Division in Erie, Pennsylvania for testing and the other will be sent to the TTCI test track in Pueblo, Colorado where it will undergo dynamic testing.
When the third unit arrives here in Boston it will undergo acceptance testing and training will take place.
If all goes according to plan we might see the first pilot unit in service by years end.