• #14 Orange Line Cars 1400-1551 (From Red/Orange Procurement discussion)

  • Discussion relating to commuter rail, light rail, and subway operations of the MBTA.
Discussion relating to commuter rail, light rail, and subway operations of the MBTA.

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  by charlesriverbranch
Head-end View wrote: Mon Dec 27, 2021 7:51 pm Overhead?.........Aren't Red and Orange Lines, 3rd rail powered?
Of course they are. But we're talking about the T, part of which used to be called the Boston Elevated Railway even though it mostly ran underground.
  by GaryGP40
Maybe they are afraid they will break down again and are playing it safe?

Could also be that they aren't entirely certain all needed repairs/fixes are satisfactory and are trying not to have another PR disaster like the new OL cars were.
  by chrisf
They’re only running a max of 3 new OL trains each weekday. The one new RL train set that has gone into service only operates on a very sporadic schedule, and hasn’t operated for 9 days. The new OL and RL trains still are a PR disaster as far as I’m concerned.
  by Commuterrail1050
There hasn’t been any further issues with them that I’m aware of. Maybe only 3 runs is because they are upgrading the substations that houses the third rail electricity. Other than that, it’s better if someone that works for the railroad answers the question as they have better information than I do at least.
  by HenryAlan
They seem to be running five trains simultaneously during morning rush. I haven't noticed if that's also the case in the evening, but during the rest of operating hours, they wouldn't need as many.
  by MBTA3247
Having ridden a set of new cars for the first time today, I noticed that they have no audible warning that the doors are about to close - on account of the doors beeping constantly when they're open. That is really obnoxious to listen to, in addition to it probably being a safety hazard.
  by charlesriverbranch
Waiting for a Green Line train at North Station Saturday night, I heard the automated voice say that the next Orange Line train to Forest Hills would be a set of brand new cars. Sure enough, one of the new Chinese trains pulled in about a minute later.
  by jwhite07
Zero new Orange Line cars out right now. That is highly unusual - it is now common to have four or five sets in use all day long, every day. There were several sets in service earlier today (as was the one new Red Line train, which is also not running now). They all seemed to vanish around the same timeframe. Something up?
  by TurningOfTheWheel
This is why: https://twitter.com/MBTA/status/1527359951563198482

"Earlier today, a new Orange Line train experienced a mechanical problem in one of the train’s multiple braking units. While we work to determine the exact cause of the failure, we are proactively removing all new Orange Line trains from service out of an abundance of caution."
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