New train cars ready for tests

Or­ange Line up­grades

Boston Herald - - BIZSM@RT - By O’RYAN JOHN­SON ­— ­oryan.john­son@boston­her­ald.com

New state-of-the-art MBTA Or­ange Line train cars are headed to Bos­ton, with the first four shrink-wrapped in plas­tic and staged for ship­ment from the Port of Shang­hai in China.

The com­pany mak­ing the cars, CRRC, is build­ing a pro­duc­tion fa­cil­ity in Spring­field ca­pa­ble of churn­ing out hun­dreds more pas­sen­ger cars to re­place the city’s ag­ing fleet.

“The mod­ern, open in­te­rior pro­vides more room and ac­com­mo­dates more peo­ple,” ac­cord­ing to a com­pany brochure. “New LED light­ing of­fers a brighter pas­sen­ger ex­pe­ri­ence.”

The cars are due to ar­rive next month and will un­dergo “rig­or­ous test­ing,” ac­cord­ing to MBTA spokesman Joe Pe­sat­uro, who tweeted about the cars. In ad­di­tion to the LED light­ing, the new cars of­fer wider side-door open­ings to al­low for easier pas­sen­ger board­ing, “gap mit­i­ga­tion” de­vices that bridge the car to the plat­form, and more pas­sen­ger emer­gency in­ter­coms.

The pro­duc­tion fa­cil­ity in Spring­field is ex­pected to be­gin op­er­at­ing in the spring of 2018, with the first car ex­pected to roll off the line in western Mas­sachusetts in Jan­uary 2019.

Courtesy­photo­from­the­mBtA

WRAPPED TO GO: The new MBTA Or­ange Line trains are shown shrink-wrapped and ready to be shipped from man­u­fac­turer CRRC at the Port of Shang­hai in China.

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