MBTA again withdraws all new Orange and Red Line trains from service


MBTA officials decommissioned all new Orange Line and Red Line train models on Thursday after one of the trains ran into a problem at a station north of Boston. A train broke down at Wellington station earlier today. “A new Orange Line train has encountered a problem in one of the train’s multiple braking units,” the MBTA wrote in a statement. Officials said the issue never endangered passengers or employees, but trains were being proactively taken out of service while crews resolved the issue. Stefan Wuensch, co-chairman of the MBTA’s ridership oversight committee, said pulling the trains was the right decision. Wuensch said he was not surprised the new cars were out of service again. “Anytime you have a brand new design, there’s a break-in period.” The new Orange and Red Line train cars were ordered from the manufacturer CRRC. The MBTA said 64 new Orange Line cars were available for passenger service, while 6 new Red Line cars were in service. The transport agency is in the process of accepting an additional 10 new Orange Line train cars and 4 Red Line cars. Video: Sky 5 shows dozens of MBTA carriages parked in Wellington yard During the troubleshooting process, MBTA officials said Orange Line service will continue with older trains. Passengers have been warned that waiting times at station platforms could be “slightly longer”, with trains arriving around every 8.5 minutes on Thursday afternoon. New trains have been withdrawn from service several times before. Just over a year ago, a derailment at Wellington Station caused all new Orange Line vehicles to be taken off the tracks for about five months. In 2019 they were temporarily taken out of service for door component replacement and again after engineers observed an unexpected noise coming from underneath the vehicles. Other cars running on the Orange Line were initially put into service from 1979 to 1981.

MBTA officials decommissioned all new Orange Line and Red Line train models on Thursday after one of the trains ran into a problem at a station north of Boston.

A train broke down at Wellington station earlier today.

“A new Orange Line train has encountered a problem in one of the train’s multiple braking units,” the MBTA wrote in a statement.

Officials said the issue never endangered passengers or employees, but trains were being proactively taken out of service while crews resolved the issue.

Stefan Wuensch, co-chairman of the MBTA’s ridership oversight committee, said pulling the trains was the right decision.

Wuensch said he was not surprised the new cars were out of service again. “Anytime you have a brand new design, there’s a break-in period.”

The new Orange and Red Line train cars were ordered from the manufacturer CRRC.

The MBTA said 64 new Orange Line cars were available for passenger service, while 6 new Red Line cars were in service.

The transport agency is in the process of accepting 10 additional new Orange Line train cars and 4 additional Red Line cars.

Video: Sky 5 shows dozens of MBTA train carriages parked in Wellington yard

During the troubleshooting process, MBTA officials said Orange Line service will continue with older trains. Passengers have been warned that waiting times at station platforms could be “slightly longer”, with trains arriving approximately every 8.5 minutes on Thursday afternoon.

New trains have been withdrawn from service several times before.

A little over a year ago, a derailment at Wellington Station caused all new Orange line vehicles to be taken off the tracks for around five months.

In 2019 they were temporarily taken out of service for door component replacement and again after engineers observed an unexpected noise coming from underneath the vehicles.

Other cars running on the Orange Line were initially put into service from 1979 to 1981.


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