Bus Facility Modernization
- Timeline: Ongoing
- Status: 30% Design for work on a new Quincy bus maintenance facility
As part of the Better Bus Project, The Bus Facility Modernization program will improve the garages where we store and maintain our fleet of buses. Starting with Quincy Bus Facility, we will redesign our garages to:
- Create modern, efficient work environments for our employees
- Expand system capacity for more buses and extra service
- Be able to accommodate a zero-emissions fleet of battery-electric buses (BEBs)
Building a Better T
As part of our $8 billion, 5-year capital investment plan, we're renovating stations, modernizing fare collection systems, upgrading services for our buses, subways, and ferries, and improving the accessibility of the entire system.
Our Plan for Modernized Facilities
The MBTA currently operates a fleet of 1,100 buses from nine bus maintenance facilities across the network. Planning, design, environmental review, and construction of fully modernized facilities will require significant resources and multiple years to implement.
The program will move forward the design and upgrade of specific facilities in alignment with the following goals:
- Fleet replacement needs: Some of our facilities can only accommodate older buses nearing the end of their service life. These vehicles need to be replaced, but first we need to retrofit or rebuild the facilities that house them.
- Working environments: Outdated facilities create challenging working conditions for our employees and have increased maintenance costs.
- Equity of areas served: Buses serve a greater share of minority and low-income riders than any other mode, but the routes from some garages serve higher proportions of these populations than others. To help meet our equity goals, we plan to prioritize our next facilities where they can result in improved service and air quality for these populations.
- Power availability: We need to work with local utility companies to determine the most efficient and cost-effective approach for upgrading services at each of our facilities.
- Logistical complexity: In cases where we want to rebuild existing facilities in their current locations, we need to expand capacity at other locations first, so we can maintain regular bus service during construction.
Quincy Bus Facility
As the oldest facility in our system, the Quincy bus facility lacks both technology and space for new buses. Because only older buses can run from this garage, Quincy routes experience limited service frequency and a higher chance of reliability issues.
We’re designing a new facility for a larger, more modern fleet. This will accommodate BEBs and allow for more potential service in the future. The new facility will be located across the street from Quincy Adams Station on the Red Line, within a mile of Quincy Center Station, where many Quincy routes start.
We're providing updates on the design of the new Quincy bus facility and welcome public feedback throughout the design process.
We presented our initial design concept during a community meeting in January 2020. We shared updated information on our plans and project status during virtual public meetings in June 2020 and December 2020.
Plans for the MBTA Quincy Bus Facility are undergoing review as part of the state environmental permitting process. To initiate this process, we submitted an Environmental Notification Form (ENF) to the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) Office.
On September 21, 2020, MEPA hosted a virtual session with the MBTA to describe the proposed project, potential impacts and mitigation, and answer clarifying questions.
You can review the information submitted to MEPA in response to public comments and questions about:
- The MBTA's plans for testing Battery Electric Buses (BEBs)
- Supplemental information regarding stormwater management, floodplain, and wetland resource areas
- Responses to several questions from the City of Quincy regarding transportation and other impacts
Public comment was accepted from September 29 to October 27, 2020.
On November 6, MEPA issued a certificate on the Environmental Notification Form signifying that this project does not require an Environmental Impact Report (EIR).
The MBTA also completed the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) process for the project. In December 2020, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) issued a categorical exclusion for the projects, as it will not have significant environmental impacts. This finding means the Federal environmental review is complete and the project does not need to complete an Environmental Impact Statement.
For all questions and comments related to Bus Facility Modernization and the Quincy Project, please contact Scott Hamwey at firstname.lastname@example.org.