MASSACHUSETTS Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) released video footage on October 10 showing the first CRRC vehicles for Boston’s Orange Line undergoing dynamic tests at the CRRC Changchun Railway Vehicles plant in China.
In October 2014 Massachusetts Department of Transportation awarded CNR Changchun Railway Vehicles (now part of CRRC Corporation) a $US 566.6m contract to supply 152 vehicles to replace the PA3 cars built by Hawker Siddeley Canada in 1979-81. MBTA also ordered 132 vehicles for the Red Line, an order which was subsequently increased to 252 cars.
Most of the vehicles will be assembled at CRRC’s new $US 95m rolling stock manufacturing facility in Springfield, Massachusetts, which will open next year.
The new Orange Line trains will enter service between 2019 and 2023.