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MBTA Green Line Trolley Refurbished, March 2015Refurbished Green Line trolleys have started to make their way back to Boston, following significant work at the Alstom plant in New York.

“This is a great first step toward improving service on the Green Line,” said interim MBTA General Manager Frank DePaola. “As these cars are re-introduced to the fleet, customers will notice gradual improvements in capacity and reliability.”

The Green Line Type 7 fleet includes 86 Light Rail Vehicles which entered service in 1986 and 1987 and are nearing the end of their intended design life. Each car’s systems require significant work to restore them from a deteriorated condition or complete replacement to ensure the vehicles can continue to provide safe and reliable operation.

The $104.4 million project includes preserving the integrity of the vehicle structure, roof, and exterior and improving the reliability of the fleet. Systems are being replaced or upgraded while others are being overhauled, including the following:

Replacement- upgrade design HVAC, Motor Alternator/Low Voltage Power Supply, Auxiliary Lighting, Certain Cab Equipment, Door Open Indicators, in-kind Flooring, Seats, Insulation
Overhaul: Structure, Roof, Exterior Skin, Door System, Brake Equipment, Trucks, Propulsion

All refurbished cars are inspected, cleaned and subjected to extensive testing prior to being returned to service. The first car will enter passenger service in early April. The current refurbishment schedule calls for approximately half of the 86 trolleys to be returned to service by next winter, and the other half by the end of 2016.

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