Boston Transit Equipment: 1979-2009



In the 1970s, Boston’s MBTA transit system was on the verge of a complete overhaul. In the decades to follow, the historic subway, bus, and streetcar fleets transformed from aging and outdated to fully modern, just as the system itself changed and expanded. This full-color transit album showcases the equipment that has run on the MBTA system in the past thirty years—including light rail, heavy rail, bus, trackless trolley, Commuter Rail, and even Commuter Boat—photographed across the T service area, as well as summaries of private carriers, inter-city services, the Tremont Street Subway’s centennial, and overall operational events and changes at the MBTA between 1979 and 2009. Text, rapid transit route maps, and over 85 color photographs tell the story of the coming of age of the MBTA, and as the Authority transforms to meet the future, be sure to own this pictoral chronicle of the most recent era of public transportation in Boston!

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Book Author

Michael R. Prescott


Boston Street Railway Association, Inc.

BSRA Bulletin


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64 pages