So what would you like the new trains to look like?
The MBTA announced today that they’ve opened up voting to allow the public to pick the exterior designs for the new Green, Orange and Red line cars. To this we say, “Honestly? Don’t you have more pressing issues?” Who cares what the train or bus looks like as long as it runs on time! MBTA services is one of the biggest quality of life issue that affect the residents of South Boston. We suggest the T should come around to the bus stops in the morning and offer the huddled masses of commuters and offer them a hot cup of coffee or a donut to ease their pain. Anyway, the MBTA has rolled out a new contest to distract you from the sub-par service. From the press release:
“The manufacture and delivery of new rail cars will go a long way to enhancing MBTA service that our customers deserve and expect,” said MassDOT Secretary Stephanie Pollack. “In recognition of how important our customers are, and the importance of the role the T plays in the region, we are launching this contest to take this process one step further and let our customers have direct input on the final exterior design of the new vehicles.”
Three sets of exterior designs for each rapid transit line are available for viewing and voting on the MBTA website https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/vehiclesurvey2015. Votes will be accepted for two weeks, through Tuesday, November 3rd.
“We’re moving another step closer to replacing some of the oldest cars on the T’s three busiest rapid transit lines,” said MBTA General Manager Frank DePaola. “As these new cars are introduced to the Green, Orange, and Red Line fleets, customers will experience improvements in both capacity and reliability.”
These modern vehicles will provide a comfortable passenger experience, and feature computer-controlled lighting, heating and cooling technologies. They meet the latest Americans with Disabilities Act requirements. Passengers will also notice greatly improved signage and displays for better service information and easier travel.
Delivery of the first of 152 new Orange Line cars is set to begin in 2018. The first of 24 new Green Line trolley cars will be delivered in 2017, and the delivery of the first of 132 new Red Line cars is scheduled to start in November 2019.
For more information, visit MassDOT at our website: www.mass.gov/massdot.