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MBTA LogoThe MBTA Fiscal and Management Control Board this week awarded a $17.9 million construction contract to J.F. White Contracting Co. to fund infrastructure improvements on the Red Line and Orange Line.

The contract with J.F. White, who was the low bidder, will cover improved and expanded infrastructure at the T’s Wellington maintenance and storage yard in Medford. Workers will replace train tracks, modify track turnouts and improve traction power and signal infrastructure. The work is being done to handle the delivery of new Orange and Red Line cars that are to be built in Springfield.

The track work will provide additional vehicle storage to support the expanded fleet of Orange and Red Line vehicles.

The work at Wellington includes:

  • Replacement and new construction of storage tracks
  • Modifications to track turnouts
  • Traction power and signal infrastructure improvements for tracks

The new Orange and Red Line vehicles are needed to replace the MBTA’s 32-year-old Orange Line cars, and 44-year-old Red Line cars. A new factory under construction in Springfield will deliver a total of 284 subway cars: 132 for the Red Line, and 152 for the Orange Line. The first cars are scheduled to be delivered in March 2018.

These additional vehicles will increase line capacity and decrease passenger wait times, cutting the intervals between trains from 5-6 minutes to 4 minutes during rush hours.

The T’s new vehicle procurement program is part of a wider effort that includes infrastructure improvements, signal upgrades and continued state of good repair projects. The MBTA is also continuing efforts to accelerate the pace of MBTA spending on state of good repair and other capital projects to improve the safety, reliability and performance of the system.

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