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New Train Cars From CRRC Springfield Factory To Be On The Tracks This Week

Orange Line subway car under construction

   New subway cars made at a factory in Springfield, Massachusetts will make a long awaited debut this week on the transit system in greater Boston.

   The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority announced Monday the first new Orange Line trains will go into passenger service by midday Wednesday.

   The roll out of the new trains has been delayed numerous times since Gov. Charlie Baker attended a ceremony last December to see the first pair of rail cars come off the assembly line at the CRRC factory.

   "The cars these are replacing have been on the system since the '70s and have over 2 million miles on them," said Baker.

   The Springfield factory has a contract to build 152 new cars to replace the existing Orange Line fleet and to assemble 252 new subway cars for the MBTA’s Red Line.

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.