MEDFORD, Mass. (WWLP) – The first of a new fleet of Orange Line trains debuted today on the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority in Boston.
A new, six-car train has been added to the Orange Line. The train was made by CRRC in Springfield.
“It’s really a win-win for the Commonwealth that the folks in western Massachusetts are benefiting from great jobs assembling both our 152 new Orange Line cars and 252 new Red Line cars,” said Stephanie Pollack, the Secretary of Transportation.
When a new train gets put into service, the oldest one comes off the tracks. The new Orange Line cars have wider doors, more handrails and more safety features.
One rider told 22News his biggest complaint about the orange line now is overcrowding.
“During the rush hour they should probably have more trains that run back-to-back so people wouldn’t be so crowded on the trains,” said Michael Perryman of Allston.
But, once all 152 new Orange Line trains are in service by 2022, trains will come more often and rider capacity will go up 40 percent.
“The fact that we will have 85,000 new seats when all of these trains are in on the Red Line and Orange Line, that’s going to make a big difference especially in the morning and afternoon rush,” said Governor Charlie Baker.
“In the short term, what our riders will see is more reliable service,” added Pollack.
The next train made by CRRC will go into service on the orange line at some point next month.