BOSTON (WHDH) -
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation unanimously approved the purchase of two dozen new Green Line trolleys and 40 new buses on Wednesday.
“These new buses and cars will provide safer, more comfortable, accessible and environmentally-friendly public transportation to the millions of customers the MBTA serves each day," said MassDOT secretary Richard Davey.
The new diesel-electric hybrid buses will allow the MBTA to retire buses purchased in 1994 and 1995. All of the buses will be in service by February 2015.
New Green Line trolleys will be designed to meet the latest Americans with Disabilities Act requirements, with 70 percent of the car being low-floor. MassDOT also promises improved signs and a more "comfortable passenger experience." The total cost is expected to be $118 million.
The new cars will be delivered between the end of 2017 and the end of 2018.
MassDOT is expected to award a contract for 74 new Red Line cars and 152 new Orange Line cars later this year.