The Commonwealth of Massachusetts is dedicating $22.5 million to retrofit 8,400 public school and regional transit buses in the state by 2010 in a deal designed to offset pollution from the Big Dig project in Boston.
The agreement is a key component in the state’s efforts to reduce the health impacts of diesel fuel emissions. The diesel retrofit initiative, an agreement between the Executive Office of Transportation (EOT), and the Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP), also reaffirms the Commonwealth’s commitment to urban transit expansion with the construction of Silver Line Phase III.
This agreement reflects the Commonwealth’s commitment to ensure that the air quality impacts of the Central Artery Project are effectively mitigated.—Environmental Affairs Secretary Robert W. Golledge Jr.
Under the agreement, EOT will commit $22.5 million to retrofit all diesel-powered regional transit and public schools buses in the state by September 30, 2010. EOT will provide $7.5 million annually in 2007, 2008 and 2009 to accomplish that goal.
Further conditions of the agreement include:
EOT will direct $125,000 to the MBTA to perform additional testing of locomotive diesel oxidation catalysts on T commuter rail locomotives. Once tested and approved, EOT will direct an additional $125,000 to the MBTA to install diesel oxidation catalysts on commuter rail locomotives; and
The continued implementation and compliance with the MHD off-road construction equipment diesel retrofit program, certifying that all contractor equipment over 50 horsepower, that is used on state construction projects, has been diesel retrofitted.