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Prototype Of Subway Car That Will Be Built In Springfield Arrives For Testing

MBTA via Twitter

The first prototype of new subway cars that will eventually be manufactured in western Massachusetts has been delivered to the greater Boston transit agency.

The new subway car will be tested by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority on the Orange Line to make sure the modern vehicle fits into the tunnels and stations of the nation’s oldest transit system.

The prototype was built at the CRRC factory in China and demonstrated there for MBTA officials in October. 

CRRC has a contract to produce more than 400 new subway cars for the MBTA at a 204,000 -square foot factory the Chinese government-owned company has built in Springfield.