The MBTA commuter rail system has introduced its first new locomotives in more than two decades. State officials say the diesel-electric locomotives have engines designed to burn fuel more efficiently and idle less, reducing nitrogen oxide levels by 20 tons per engine each year.
Lt. Gov. Timothy Murray was aboard for the inaugural ride of the new commuter train from Worcester to Boston's South Station on Monday morning. It is one of two purchased from the Utah Transit Authority.
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation approved the $114 million purchase last year of 20 new diesel-electric locomotives from at an Idaho company. Those locomotives are expected to be brought into service in 2013.
This program aired on February 7, 2011. The audio for this program is not available.