(SOURCE: Boston Globe - By Steve Annear/)
The first of 86 refurbished Green Line
trolleys hits the tracks next month, officials said, promising a roomier ride
and more reliable service after a season of strenuous weather events.
MassDOT officials announced Wednesday that
the cars, which underwent significant repairs at a plant in New
York, have begun arriving in Boston
for preliminary testing.
“This is a great first step toward
improving service on the Green Line,” said interim MBTA General Manager Frank
DePaola in a statement.
The first newly polished trolley will be
in service next month.
By next winter — just in
time for the snowy season —43 refurbished cars will be online. All 86 of the
trolleys in the project will be ready for passenger service by the end of 2016.
The initiative includes upgrades to the
vehicles’ HVAC systems, power supplies, lighting, cab equipment, and seating.
MBTA officials said Alstom Transportation,
the company picked to oversee the $104 million project in 2012, is also
overhauling the roof, exterior paint and body, and door and brake equipment on