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Bus Facility Modernization

Buses parked in a garage, sunlight streaming in
  • Timeline: Ongoing
  • Status: 75% design (Quincy) | 15% design (Arborway)

As part of the Better Bus Project, our Bus Facility Modernization program will improve the MBTA garages where we store and maintain our fleet of buses. Starting with the Quincy Bus Maintenance Facility, our redesigned garages will provide major benefits, including the following:

  • Expanded system capacity for more buses and additional service
  • Ability to accommodate a zero-emissions fleet of battery electric buses (BEBs)
  • Modern, efficient work environments for our employees

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.

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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.

We are prioritizing the modernization of certain facilities before others based on the following rider, worker, and community needs and the bus system's logistical requirements.

Quincy Bus Maintenance Facility

As the oldest facility in our system, the Quincy Bus Maintenance Facility lacks the required technology and space to support newer buses. Because only older buses can run from this garage, Quincy routes experience limited service frequency and more reliability issues.

We’re designing a new facility for a larger, more modern fleet. This will accommodate BEBs and allow for potential service expansion 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 bus routes start.

Public engagement

We will continue to provide updates throughout the new Quincy Bus Maintenance Facility's planning and construction phases. We have completed the public feedback phase of the environmental review process, and we invite public input during this design review period.

Arborway Bus Maintenance Facility

To support a 100% BEB fleet, we're designing a larger Arborway Bus Maintenance Facility. The facility will be located next to the existing one at Washington Street and Arborway in Boston, near Forest Hills station. 
 
Today, the Arborway garage supports buses serving routes in neighborhoods with high proportions of transit-critical riders from low-income households and households of color in Roxbury, Dorchester, Mattapan, Hyde Park, Roslindale, Jamaica Plain, and areas southwest of Boston. The new, larger facility will support 60-foot BEBs that will serve more routes and reduce bus crowding in these areas.  

The new Arborway facility is targeted to open by the end of 2027. As existing compressed natural gas (CNG) buses are retired starting in 2028, the new facility can start replacing them with zero-emissions BEBs. 

Public engagement 

Join us for our first virtual public meeting on Thursday, December 9. We will provide an introductory overview of the project and discuss plans for development of the Arborway site, including the bus maintenance facility and the portion designated for community use. Questions and feedback are welcome.

Learn more about the December 9 virtual public meeting 

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Contact Us

For all questions and comments related to the Bus Facility Modernization program or the Quincy or Arborway Bus Maintenance Facility improvements, please contact Scott Hamwey at shamwey@mbta.com.

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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.

Learn more

Related Projects

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