T Sidelines New Orange Line Trains As Service Cuts Take Effect

A new Orange Line train at Assembly Station in summer 2019. Courtesy of the MBTA.
A new Orange Line train at Assembly Station in summer 2019. Courtesy of the MBTA.

Riders keen to find silver linings might reason that, with fewer trains running on the Orange and Red lines this week, we should at least have better odds of catching one of the T’s new trains.

This spring, the T had been running up to four new Orange Line trains at a time, giving riders roughly one-in-three odds of catching a new train. If the same number of new trains were running with only 10 trains in service on the line during rush hours this week, those odds would increase to two-in-five.

But since the T’s subway service cuts took effect on Monday,  there have, in fact, been zero new trains running on the Orange or Red Lines.

In spite of the timing, the T says that the reason has nothing to do with the operations control center staffing shortages that precipitated this week’s service cuts.

“An out-of-service car experienced a battery failure in the Wellington Yard early yesterday morning,” an MBTA spokesperson told StreetsblogMASS on Tuesday afternoon. “With safety being the top priority, the MBTA has decided to keep all of the new Orange Line and Red Line cars out of service while vehicle engineers and technicians work to determine the root cause of the failure and implement whatever corrective actions may be necessary.  An update on the status of the cars will be provided as soon as the engineering team completes its work.”

The T had previously pulled its entire fleet of new trains from service in late May, after its staff discovered a braking problem in one of the new trains.

On that occasion, the new trains returned to service within a week, after T engineers pinpointed the problem to a single bolt that had been improperly installed on that particular train and the other trains in the fleet passed detailed inspections.

ALSO ON STREETSBLOG

Extensiones de bordillo/banqueta con vegetación en ambos lados del cruce peatonal localizados en la intersección de Somerville Avenue y Merriam Street a lo largo del camino de bici en la Ciudad de Somerville. Extensiones de bordillo/banquetas hacen la calle más angosta y ayudan a reducir la distancia que la gente tiene que cruzar.

Nuevas Normas de Diseño Para Calles Mas Seguras y Verdes

|
El mes pasado, funcionarios municipales y estatales se juntaron para anunciar las primeros normas de infraestructura verde en Boston, con el fin de aumentar la resiliencia de la ciudad contra el cambio climático por medio de pequeñas instalaciones en las calles. Read the article in English.  En una junta de prensa en Central Square Park […]
A photo illustration of a proposed new shared-use path. A wide, paved path runs through the middle of the image and is lined on both sides by trees and shade. To the left is a wooden guardrail and a two-lane roadway.

DCR Proposes New Trail Connection from Hyde Park to Blue Hills

|
Monday evening, the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) presented conceptual design plans to connect the Neponset River Greenway to the Blue Hills via new and upgraded multi-use paths.  Spanning 8.2 miles, the Neponset River Greenway begins in the Boston neighborhood of Dorchester and runs along the Neponset River through the neighborhoods of Hyde Park, […]
a paved bike and pedestrian path surrounded by trees next to a parking lot.

Bedford Voters Reject Minuteman Extension at Town Meeting

|
In the early hours of Tuesday morning, the proposal to extend the Minuteman Trail through the Town of Bedford failed to pass after residents failed to meet the two-thirds majority needed during Monday evening’s Special Town Meeting.   Inside the packed gym at Bedford High School, residents of the town gathered to vote on several articles, […]