The New Orange Line Trains Are “Shipping Up to Boston”

They're en route from China.

A batch of the MBTA’s new Orange Line trains is “wrapped and ready for Shipping Up To Boston” from China, the MBTA said Tuesday, sharing photos of the new cars swathed in white and loaded on trucks.

They’ll arrive in December and will endure “months of rigorous testing,” says T spokesman Joe Pesaturo.

The trains, an aesthetic and technological update to the ones currently sliding along the tracks in Boston, were manufactured by CRRC, the Chinese government-run company that will build hundreds of new train cars for the T in the coming years at a facility in Springfield. The T plans to build 152 Orange Line and 252 Red Line Red Line trains, which are slated to hit the tracks beginning in 2019.

There has, for good reason, been a lot of excitement surrounding the shiny new cars, which have gleaming plastic interiors, more interior space, and other features. Recognizing this, the T has shared a number of updates on the trains’ progress with riders impatient to see them hit the tracks. In October, the agency shared videos of a test-run they took on a track in Changchun. Also in October, the T shared an anime cartoon from an apparently very enthusiastic Chinese artist of the Orange and Red Line trains. Earlier this year, a mockup of the new train cars arrived in Boston and was displayed at City Hall Plaza.

Photo via MBTA

Photo via MBTA


Spencer Buell Staff Writer at Boston Magazine sbuell@bostonmagazine.com


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