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Orange Line Upgrade: New, More Spacious Cars Go Into Service

The entire line of 152 trains will be replaced over the next two years

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    MBTA Rolls Out 6 New Orange Line Trains

    The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority rolled out six new Orange Line trains Wednesday as part of a plan to eventually replace the entire fleet with 152 new trains by 2022.

    (Published Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019)

    New cars for Orange Line trains went into service Wednesday, in an expected boost for the embattled Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority.

    Gov. Charlie Baker and MBTA officials held a press conference at Wellington station in Medford to launch the six new cars.

    "There's been a long wait for these kinds of carts to arrive," Baker said. "I think everyone will agree it's about time."

    The MBTA says the new additions are more spacious and have wider doors and updated safety features. 

    MBTA Rolls Out New Orange Line Trains

    [NECN] MBTA Rolls Out New Orange Line Trains

    New cars for the Orange Line were rolled out Wednesday by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority.

    (Published Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019)

    The entire line of 152 trains will be replaced over the next two years, adding 30,000 new seats to the system.

    "We're going to be adding new trains incrementally. The next train set is going to go into service next month so customers are going to be seeing these trains more and more," MBTA General Manager Steve Poftak said. 

    In addition to the new cars, the MBTA is working on a new signaling system while revamping the agency's maintenance facility.

    "They say once all of that is done, the wait time between trains during rush hour will drop from 6 minutes to four and a half minutes," Poftak said.

    The development comes two days after MBTA officials revealed that the Orange Line would see weekend station closures in October and November as part of a major acceleration of repair work on three MBTA lines.

    That plan will bring closures to one of the Orange, Green or Red Lines almost every weekend from September through the end of the year.

    New Orange Line Trains to Roll Out

    [NECN] New Orange Line Trains to Roll Out

    It's a big day for the MBTA Orange Line as new trains are expected to roll out later in the day.

    (Published Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019)

    The fleet of 152 new Orange Line vehicles is part of a $2 billion revamp ordered for it and the Red Line.

    All Orange Line trains are expected to be replaced at the end of 2022 while Red Line replacements are expected to be completed at the end of 2023.


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