MBTA pulls all new Orange, Red Line trains out of service again

MBTA pulls all new Orange, Red Line trains out of service again

MBTA officials pulled all of the new-model Orange Line and Red Line trains out of service Thursday after one of the trains experienced a problem at a station north of Boston. One train became disabled at Wellington Station earlier in the day. “A new Orange Line train experienced a problem in one of the train’s multiple braking units,” the MBTA wrote in a statement. Officials said the problem never endangered riders or employees but trains were being removed from service proactively while teams troubleshoot the issue. The MBTA said 64 new Orange Line cars have been available for passenger service, while 6 new Red Line cars have been in service.The transit agency is in the process of accepting 10 additional new Orange Line train cars and 4 Red Line cars. Those subway cars are put through testing before being put into passenger service. The new Orange and Red Line train cars were ordered from manufacturer CRRC. Video: Sky 5 shows dozens of parked MBTA train cars in Wellington yardDuring the troubleshooting process, MBTA officials said Orange Line service will continue with older trains. Riders were warned that wait times at station platforms may be “slightly longer” with trains arriving approximately every 8 1/2 minutes on Thursday afternoon.The new trains have been pulled from service several times before.Just over a year ago, a derailment at Wellington Station caused all of the new vehicles on the Orange Line to be pulled off the tracks for about five months. In 2019, they were temporarily pulled out of service for replacement of door components and again after engineers observed an unexpected noise coming from the underside of the vehicles. Other cars operating on the Orange Line were originally put into service from 1979 to 1981.

MBTA officials pulled all of the new-model Orange Line and Red Line trains out of service Thursday after one of the trains experienced a problem at a station north of Boston.

One train became disabled at Wellington Station earlier in the day.

“A new Orange Line train experienced a problem in one of the train’s multiple braking units,” the MBTA wrote in a statement.

Officials said the problem never endangered riders or employees but trains were being removed from service proactively while teams troubleshoot the issue.

The MBTA said 64 new Orange Line cars have been available for passenger service, while 6 new Red Line cars have been in service.

The transit agency is in the process of accepting 10 additional new Orange Line train cars and 4 Red Line cars. Those subway cars are put through testing before being put into passenger service.

The new Orange and Red Line train cars were ordered from manufacturer CRRC.

Video: Sky 5 shows dozens of parked MBTA train cars in Wellington yard

During the troubleshooting process, MBTA officials said Orange Line service will continue with older trains. Riders were warned that wait times at station platforms may be “slightly longer” with trains arriving approximately every 8 1/2 minutes on Thursday afternoon.

The new trains have been pulled from service several times before.

Just over a year ago, a derailment at Wellington Station caused all of the new vehicles on the Orange Line to be pulled off the tracks for about five months.

In 2019, they were temporarily pulled out of service for replacement of door components and again after engineers observed an unexpected noise coming from the underside of the vehicles.

Other cars operating on the Orange Line were originally put into service from 1979 to 1981.

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