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MBTA begins operator training on new Orange Line cars

The new cars are slated to enter service by year's end.
Photo – MBTA's Twitter account


The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) has begun training operators on its new Orange Line rail cars, as the agency preps to launch train service on the line by year's end.

Manufactured by China Railway Rolling Stock Corp. (CRRC), the new vehicles began arriving in Boston in late 2017.

In 2014, CRRC was awarded a $566 million contract to design and build 152 Orange Line vehicles and 132 Red Line rail cars.

Meanwhile, the MBTA yesterday announced plans to begin a commuter-rail station improvement project.

The first stations to be rehabbed are those along the Needham and Fairmount lines. Work is slated to begin Aug. 11 and continue through Sept. 9. During five weekend closures over that time period, crews will repair stairways and concrete, remove graffiti and trash, and replace signage and old system maps.

The MBTA plans to schedule improvement projects at additional commuter-rail and subway lines in the coming months.

"In addition to the significant investments we are making to improve system reliability, these aesthetic and safety upgrades at stations will further enhance our customers' travels," said MBTA General Manager Luis Manuel Ramirez in a press release.

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