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New Green Line trolley

As Orange and Red Line riders wearily await new cars, some Green Line riders got to spend time today on one of the new trolleys on that line. Alex Cox boarded the new trolley on its first day in service on the Green Line today.

It's one of 24 new trolleys coming online to add capacity for that fabled day when the Green Line Extension opens past Lechmere.

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For a change

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The underground subway T stops along the green line need serious updating , these T stations look like it’s still in a 1892 era.

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That's a hot take there, Boston Resident, you should tell the hack in the booth I'm sure he or she would agree with you.

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Except for the hideous squealing and lack of elevator, Boylston is my favorite station, precisely because they preserved the 1897 appearance.

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I wound up taking the Type 7 (Cars 3600 and 3601) on their first revenue trip. Cars had deadheaded from Riverside to Government Center, then looped around and opened their doors.
Even though I wasn't heading to Riverside, I decided to board and ride to Copley.

However, it wasn't a very long trip. We pulled into the Riverside berth at Park Street, but none of the doors would open. A couple of inspectors came along and, after about 10 or 15 minutes of futzing, eventually managed to get the doors open. The passengers all got off, and they sent the now empty train into the siding at Northeastern.

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That means the cars are ready for passengers!!

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I remember talking to the librarian at the State Transportation Library back before the Type 7s went online. He marveled at the doors, noting that they were one of the main problems with the Boeing LRVs. If you recall, when they did the LRV mid-life refurbishment, they changed the doors.

The door thing has me worried about the Type 9s, but hopefully in 40 years the door technology has improved.

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on the Boeing LRVs (800 parts per pair of doors) was so Boeing could avoid infringing on other streetcar makers (Duwag, Siemens) designs. That, and the fact you had an aircraft manufacturer constructing a vehicle where minimizing weight wasn't a consideration.

I share your concern about the plug doors. With the exception of the Boeing LRVs before they were modified, folding doors have been the norm on all versions of Boston streetcars.

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Yowza, two Headline-of-the-Year candidates ("approval of seal" being the other) in the same week. Nice job.

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Brand new, huh?! Those round headlights, the cut from sheet metal skin... Must be the retro look!

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We've been good little commuters. We don't want to stand in drips and puddles. Please please PLEASE "orange" for new cars to appear between Forest Hills and Oak Grove sometime soon!

Thank you!
Boston

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but Alex Cox’s “Repo Man” is a top-five movie comedy for me, and “Sid and Nancy” is also genius.

“Look at those assholes....”

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Nice to see they've kept the cattle car design. Younger people will never know how nice and roomy streetcars and subway trains were back in the day.

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What's a Lechmere?

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Same as in town.

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Now all they have to do is hitch the clunkiest old 80's rust bucket car to it and make a two-car train!

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If nothing else, that destination sign is 1000x more readable than the ones on the current fleets.

OK it may not be as big a deal as it would have been a few years ago when the next train boards weren't live (i.e. at most stations the board tells you where the next train is going anyway) but it still looks impressive.

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