THE MBTA’S FISCAL AND MANAGEMENT Control Board voted on Monday to spend $26.9 million overhauling 10 commuter rail locomotives that are already about 30 years old.
Joseph Aiello, chairman of the board, voted for the overhaul but with reservations about spending so much money on equipment that is already so old. “Chasing old junk is not my cup of tea,” he said. “Not a way to run a business.”
One of the initiatives is to overhaul 10 locomotives – five that are in service and five that are out of service. Motive Power Industries was the winning bidder, largely because of the technical expertise it gained in doing midlife overhauls of the same locomotives between 2001 and 2004.