Mattapan trolley line expected to get $3m infusion while study is prepared

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‘Full menu’ of options going forward on order

The MBTA board will hear a request to pump a fresh $3 million into the Mattapan high-speed trolley line next week as state officials await a consultant’s report that will detail how much it costs to operate the line and lay out options for the future.

The fleet of Presidential Conference Cars that are used on the line are at “the end of their life,” according to Jeff Gonneville, the T’s chief operating officer, who spoke to the Reporter on Tuesday. Gonneville said that an engineering firm will be soon be asked to compile a study on the line that will itemize its costs, the viability of the vehicles and infrastructure – including bridges and the right of way – and the prospects for keeping the line in operation, either with the trolleys or with different vehicles.

Gonneville expects the report will be completed by this summer.

Shared from the Dorchester Reporter. Read the full story here: http://www.dotnews.com/2016/mattapan-trolley-line-expected-get-3m-infusion-while-study-prepared

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