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Article Dated: 3/16/2011
Contact: Joe Pesaturo

Green Line to nearly triple the number of 3-car trains

First time ever for tri-car trains on Huntington Ave. (E branch)

GM with operator in Riverside 215
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The general manager talks with a train operator at Riverside Station

Effective Monday, March 21st, three-car trains will make a total of 32 trips each weekday on the Green Line.  In announcing the jump from 13 to 32 trips, MBTA General Manager Richard Davey said the increased service is designed not only to make commuting more comfortable for existing customers but to also have capacity available for new riders.

In addition to more than doubling the number of 3-car trains on the Green Line’s B and D branches, the MBTA will introduce 3-car trains to the E branch (Huntington Avenue) for the first time.  This also means that 3-car trains will serve Lechmere Station for the first time in at least six years.

Last year, for the first time in many years, the MBTA reintroduced 3-car trains to the Green Line…on which 200,000 passenger trips are made each weekday.

“As I’ve talked with Green Line customers over the past year, train capacity is an issue that is frequently raised,” said General Manager Davey. “We have received that message loud and clear, and the MBTA is responding.”

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