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MBTA shows off new Red Line cars - which have a lot of testing to go through before they go into service

First New Red Line Cars Arrive in Boston

Chris Lovett of BNN took a tour at the T's Cabot Yard in South Boston today. The cars look a lot like the new Orange Line cars, except a bit wider and a lot redder. The goal is to replace all the current Red Line cars by 2023.

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The new cars will all have surveillance cameras. One can only imagine what the videos will capture ranging from the bizarre to the cruel on the wacky world of T TV.

But in the meantime, in addition to the old red line cars breaking down every day, the T in its infinite wisdom has chosen to close the red line downtown on weekends during Christmas shopping season to address maintenance issues that have been ignored for 10-20 years. It's not just retailers but also restaurants, bars, entertainment, and tourists that will suffer during holiday season, not to mention the people that work in all these industries.

And yes I know there will be shuttle buses, which I am sure will not be a complete clusterfxxk.

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I still haven’t seen any orange line cars.

When are all the Orange Line cars going to be replaced? I'm a twice-daily Orange Line rider from Forest Hills to North Station. Even on weekends. I've only ridden 2 times on a new train.

Vegas has set the over/under at March, 2021.

(Take the over.)

They had already been delayed twice before they arrived
that was by the end of 2018, then spring 2019
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and now we have one or two sets as we head to 2020.
no inspiring confidence. sort of like the forest hills construction. Is it finally done?

The Type 8 Bredas were delivered in 1998 and didn't get into real service until 2004-5.

My guestimate is 2024 by the time the Red/Orange lines have the new fleet up and running.

Am I seeing things, or are there hardly any seats? They also look tiny. At least the seats we've always had are reasonably comfortable.

First world problems, I know...

At least from the 3 or4 times I'd ridden on them, always at rush hour. They definitely have less seats on the train. And argument can be made that at least people with a larger posterior will be able to sit, and there is good space for wheelchairs and strollers, but one of the things I don't complain about on the older stock is seating.

Conversely, they should be a lot more dependable.