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

Aug 12, 2019

An Orange Line subway car on the assembly line at the CRRC MA factory in Springfield. After months of delays, blamed on the need for extensive testing, the MBTA said the first new Orange Line trains will be put into passenger service this week.
Credit WAMC

   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.