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MBTA can reuse some old Orange Line cars as it works on new trains

MBTA can reuse some old Orange Line cars as it works on new trains

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Several new Orange Line trains have recently been grounded due to electrical problems, causing 15-minute delays.

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Old and new Orange Line trains depart from Wellington Station.

MBTA is able to bring some old Orange Line cars back into service while crews inspect and repair new trains pulled due to electrical malfunctions.

Last week, the MBTA retired several new Orange Line trains after an engineer discovered a fault in an electrical grounding component during a routine inspection. The problem has also been noticed on some other new Orange Line vehicles. Since then, transit drivers have faced delays of up to 15 minutes as fewer trains run.

On its official Twitter account, the MBTA posted on Friday updated tabs, saying crews have made repairs and are still conducting weekly inspections to find the source of the electrical problem. But the transit company is considering bringing old Orange Line trains back into service as a “backup plan”.

Ten Orange Line trains must run in order to meet the MBTA’s schedule. The T currently operates up to nine Orange Line trains.

The MBTA’s announcement read: “Orange Line Update: We have replaced the power cord on all affected cars. We run up to 9 trains [and] We are working to get back to 10 as we continue weekly inspections to determine the root cause of the issue. We are also developing a backup plan, temporarily using some older cars if needed.”

Orange Line Update: We have replaced the power cord on all affected cars. We are running up to 9 trains and are working to get back to 10 as we continue weekly inspections to determine the root cause of the issue. We are also developing a backup plan, temporarily using some older cars if needed. https://t.co/LHH0QpgHTP

— MBTA (@MBTA) January 6, 2023

Several people on social media praised the T’s transparency on the matter.

“Thank you for this descriptive update and backup plan to better maintain service levels.” tweeted a person. “Thank you for providing specific details. This transparency is greatly appreciated,” tweeted Another.

The electrical problem came to light three months after the T exited a month-long Orange Line shutdown to make several upgrades and repairs. The makeover included a fleet of completely new cars. On December 22, days before MBTA pulled the troubled new Orange Line trains, the agency sent a letter to its railcar manufacturer blaming the company for poor quality control and other unresolved issues.

Transit drivers can subscribe to T-Alerts or follow @MBTA on Twitter for the latest service announcements.

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