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New Red and Orange Line Vehicles

Updated on February 5, 2019

Orange Line Production Car Delivery from Springfield, MA to the Wellington Car House (January 4, 2019)

About the Project

Timeline: 2014 – 2023
Status: Construction


Both the Red and Orange Line fleets will be entirely replaced by 2023, including all new vehicles for both lines. 

  • Red Line: Full fleet replacement between 2019 – 2023. In addition, the fleet will increase from 218 vehicles to 252.
  • Orange Line: Full fleet replacement between 2019 – 2022. In addition, the fleet will increase from 120 vehicles to 152.


  • Late 2017: Testing began on a pilot Orange Line vehicle
  • 2019 – 2022: New Orange Line vehicles go into service
  • Early 2019: Testing begins on a pilot Red Line vehicle
  • 2019 – 2023: New Red Line vehicles go into service


Customers will be more comfortable:

  • More spacious vehicles on both lines
  • Backup HVAC systems in each vehicle
  • Redesigned handrails that are easier to reach

Vehicles will be safer:

  • Modern LED lighting systems for improved visibility on both fleets
  • Audio and visual door open and close warnings that are consistent with changes being made on other modes of transit

People with disabilities will be safer and more comfortable:

  • Wider doors to allow for boarding access even if one side of the door fails to open
  • An increase from 2 to 4 accessibility areas on each vehicle
  • Modern visual and audio communication systems

The Red and Orange lines will be more efficient and easier to maintain:

  • All new vehicles are equipped with modern, digital signal systems compatible with current and future subway infrastructure
  • New maintenance and storage facilities will have increased capacity and make it easier to repair vehicles
  • Onboard diagnostics will make data available to operators and maintenance staff so they can troubleshoot and facilitate fixes more quickly 

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Past Meetings