New Orange, Red Line trains taken out of service again

The MBTA has pulled its new Orange and Red Line trains out of service again, as the agency works to comply with safety directives issued by federal transit officials.

T spokesperson Lisa Battiston said the trains were pulled after an out-of-service car experienced a battery failure in the Wellington Yard Monday morning.

“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,” she said.

Battiston said the T will provide an update on the status of Red and Orange cars when the engineering team completes its inspection.

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This week marks at least the fifth time the new train cars have been pulled from service, due to various issues. In late May, MBTA General Manager Steve Poftak said an inspection of the T’s new Orange and Red Line fleet revealed bolts had been improperly installed in the brakes of eight train cars.

The inspection began after a braking issue caused a new Orange Line train to become disabled on May 19, which prompted the MBTA to temporarily take all of its new Orange and Red Line trains out of service.

The T is paying Chinese-owned firm CRRC approximately $1 billion to replace the outdated Orange and Red Line fleet; the plan would eventually deliver 152 Orange Line cars and 252 Red Line cars over the next few years.

The Federal Transit Administration concluded a three-month safety management inspection of the MBTA last week, and plans to release its final report in August.

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