Post Content

mbta-green-line-new-car-first-day-december-21-2018Today, the MBTA launched the first of 24 new Green Line vehicles into regular service, the first new addition to the Green Line fleet in approximately 10 years.  Set into service at North Station, the new car is the first of a total of 24 to be integrated into the Green Line fleet between December 2018 and the fall of 2019.

“The new Green Line trolley is a strong indication that our efforts to make core system investments are working,” said Interim General Manager Jeffrey Gonneville.  “While this is only the first of 24 new cars, it’s a symbol of our efforts to focus the MBTA’s priorities around the needs of our customers.”

Under a $118 million contract with the MBTA, CAF USA Inc. is scheduled to deliver 24 low-floor light rail vehicles for the Green Line. CAF used two locations to complete this order, using its facility in Spain to manufacture the shells and frames with final assembly and testing occurring at its manufacturing plant in Elmira, New York.

With the addition of 24 new cars, the MBTA expects to improve overall reliability on the Green Line while also accommodating train frequency once the Green Line Extension project is complete.

The sliding doors reduce interference with passengers on platforms and improve boarding and exiting. The new cars feature a 10 percent increase in passenger capacity due to upgraded interior designs. Safety enhancements include the installation of the U.S.’s first Crash Energy Management (CEM) Structural Design on a light rail vehicle, which is compatible with the existing Green Line fleet and forward-compatible with future fleets.

Advanced truck designs include better braking hardware and capacity for reduced maintenance and better reliability, as well as thicker wheels for significantly reduced maintenance. Reliability will be further improved through the inclusion of dual auxiliary power systems.

Written By:

Tags:

Recent Posts

MassDOT, MAPFRE Insurance Reminder: National Teen Driver Safety Week and School Bus Safety Week posted on Oct 21

MassDOT, MAPFRE Insurance Reminder: National Teen Driver Safety Week and School Bus Safety Week

The month of October holds many safety events which drivers, especially teens, should be aware of. October 18th to the 24th is National Teen Driver Safety Week. When your teen begins to drive, it’s important to instill safe driving habits. Talk to your teens this   …Continue Reading MassDOT, MAPFRE Insurance Reminder: National Teen Driver Safety Week and School Bus Safety Week

East-West Passenger Rail Study public meeting, final draft report now available posted on Oct 20

East-West Passenger Rail Study public meeting, final draft report now available

BOSTON – The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) is announcing that it will be hosting the third public information meeting for the East-West Passenger Rail Study on Thursday, October 22, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  The meeting is being conducted via Zoom, and is   …Continue Reading East-West Passenger Rail Study public meeting, final draft report now available

RMV Further Extends Designated Appointment Hours for Customers 75 Years of Age or Older posted on Oct 20

BOSTON – The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) is announcing that it is extending designated Wednesday appointment hours for customers 75 years of age or older through November and December. This new customer service option began successfully in early September at select RMV Service Centers,   …Continue Reading RMV Further Extends Designated Appointment Hours for Customers 75 Years of Age or Older