The first trips for the 3 new coaches carried passengers on Train No. 213 from North Station to Haverhill Wednesday morning. The new coaches will continue to operate on the North Side of the commuter rail system in the weeks head. It is expected that an additional 15 new coaches will be in service throughout the system by the fall of 2013.
“We are constantly working to bring our customers a better experience,” said MBTA General Manager Dr. Beverly Scott. “These new coaches will do just that; with a cleaner, more informed and more comfortable trip for all on board.”
These are the first three of 75 total ordered from Hyundai-Rotem USA, at a cost of $190 million.
The new bi-level coaches feature 55% more seating than single-level coaches; onboard LED displays showing next station information and announcements; larger, accessible restrooms; designated seating for passengers with disabilities; specially designed air-conditioning systems providing comfortable cool air with increased filtration and airflow; and new microprocessor systems controlling air conditioning, doors, communications, brakes and signals.
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