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First New Orange Line Cars Join the Fleet

Updated on August 30, 2019

New Orange Line car at Wellington, as a crowd on the platform takes photos.
Riders welcome the first set of new Orange Line cars to the fleet at Wellington on August 14, 2019. (Photo courtesy of the Governor's Press Office on Flickr, taken by by Joshua Qualls, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

We're excited to welcome the first 6 brand-new Orange Line cars to the fleet. The new train went into service Wednesday, August 14, 2019.

To start, you’ll see the train in service most weekdays during the morning rush and into the afternoon. We’re not running it full time yet as we closely monitor each new car and fine-tune software.

And you might notice 4-car trains running with a “Test Train” sign—these will be the next cars to enter service. They’re in the last phase of testing before joining the fleet.

Before and After

An old Orange Line train is juxtaposed in this slider with a new train, shown during testing.


New Fleet

The entire Orange Line fleet will be fully replaced by 2022—and the fleet size is growing, from 120 cars to 152 cars.

  • Contract awarded: 2014
  • Projected completion: 2022
  • Budget: $1 billion (total value for Orange Line and Red Line new vehicles)
  • Status: First set of new cars in service August 14, 2019; more in testing

The new cars are modern, more efficient, and more spacious. You'll notice:

Wider doors for improved boarding access

  • 2 more accessibility areas on each car
  • Modern visual and audio communication systems
  • Backup HVAC systems in each car
  • More handrails throughout each car

People with disabilities will be safer and more comfortable:

  • Modern LED lighting systems for improved visibility
  • Audio and visual door open and close warnings

In the coming weeks and months, more cars will be joining regular service.

Learn more about the Orange Line Improvement Program