– News covered by Quincy Quarry News.
The first train set of new Red Line cars have arrived in Boston – and not a moment too soon.
The set of train cars left their final assembly facility in Springfield Tuesday morning and reached their destination at the MTBA’s Cabot Yard in South Boston in the early afternoon with a police escort and hidden under white wrapping.
Make way for new Red Line cars! After making the long journey from Shanghai, the first Pilot Cars have officially arrived in Boston. These cars will now undergo extensive testing at Cabot Yard and on its new test track.
— MBTA (@MBTA) October 8, 2019
Local strap hangers should not get too excited, however, as this set of new Red Line cars is slated for months of testing before they might then be put into service sometime in the spring of next year.
Additionally, be sure to note that the full replacement of the current fleet of ancient Red Line cars is currently not expected to be completed until sometime in 2023.
And speaking of new MBTA subway cars, one of the two sets of new Orange Line cars continue to be out of service given needed repairs after their train doors inexplicably opened while underway.