BOSTON (CBS) – The Orange Line sported a brand new look Wednesday, as six new prepare vehicles had been put into service.
The brand new trains are glossy and modern-looking with extra spacious interiors, wider doorways and extra handrails, together with LED lighting and LCD shows.
In addition they have new security options, together with audio and visible warnings when the doorways are opening or closing.
One rider who tried out one of many new vehicles Wednesday stated she favored the brand new enhancements. “I feel it’s superior – the accessibility. My daughter’s in a wheelchair, so every thing extra open is simpler to navigate into.”
In response to a report from the MBTA, the six new trains have been in testing for greater than a yr. They’ve gathered greater than three,800 miles and handed 75 totally different exams.
“There’s been a protracted await these vehicles to begin to arrive, and if you consider how lengthy the MBTA has been operating a whole lot of the present trains which can be on the Orange Line, I feel all people would agree that it’s about time,” stated Governor Charlie Baker as he unveiled the brand new vehicles.
To place this in perspective, a spokesperson for the MBTA tweeted that the final time a brand new orange line prepare was put into service Pope John Paul II was visiting Boston, the Iran hostage disaster was unfolding and Rosie Ruiz infamously cheated to win the Boston Marathon.
Issues that had been occurring the final time a brand new #MBTA #OrangeLine prepare was put in service: – Pope JPII visits Boston – Hostages held in Iran. – Rosie Ruiz “wins” marathon pic.twitter.com/iZK1IWDRwU
— Joe Pesaturo (@JoePesaturo) August 14, 2019
All of these occasions occurred about 4 a long time in the past.
The brand new vehicles are a part of a $2 billion funding within the Orange and Crimson strains. In all, 152 new Orange Line vehicles will roll out. When the brand new Orange and Crimson Line fleets are totally in service, there can be a rise of virtually 80,000 seats on the strains.