Boston, Massachusetts 2021-11-20 13:28:36 –
Boston University News Service
Boston – At this week’s Virtual Conference, MBTA provided a timeline for the completion and construction of a new Quincy Bus maintenance facility aimed at addressing the new fleet of battery-powered buses.
On Thursday, the project leader detailed how the new facility, which is now 75% complete, will accommodate more buses than the existing structure. In addition, Quincy’s site will be the first of many new maintenance facilities designed specifically for electric buses.
“We are very pleased that Quincy will be the first all modern battery-powered electric bus facility,” said Scott Hamway, MBTA Director of Bus Modernization. “Our first priority is that old diesel fleet [the] Hancock Street [Facility], These 86 buses, there are 86 new buses at this location, “he added.
Stephen Berenger, Project Manager, Quincy Bath Maintenance Facility, details how to build a new facility with environmental impact in mind and improves the surrounding area of the community.
“Design and construction have taken into account and will continue to take into account climate sustainability and resilience, as well as sensitivity to neighboring and neighboring areas,” Berenger said. “This project provides connections through sites that the community does not currently have under existing terms.”
Belanger added that the new Quincy facility will be over 360,000 square feet in size and can accommodate the storage and maintenance of up to 120 battery-powered electric buses.
MBTA’s plans to move to a battery-powered electric bus fleet have elicited positive feedback from conference attendees.
“I’m very happy to see T’s efforts to move to electric buses from day one,” said attendee Shelly Dein.
MBTA plans to complete the design next winter, and the facility is expected to be “substantially completed” by late 2024. Belanger states that once the design is complete, the final cost of the project will also be revealed.
“We are currently reviewing the cost quotes we received at 75%. [completion]”Berenger said. “We will share more information as follows. [the design] It will be reviewed internally and completed. “
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