New Orange, Red line trains taken back out of service by MBTA

The MBTA says it has temporarily taken all of its new Orange and Red Line train cars out of service again, after transit inspectors discovered a battery failure on one of the vehicles. The trains, which are assembled in Springfield, Massachusetts, by Chinese-owned manufacturer CRRC, were pulled from service on Monday, the MBTA said. According to the transit agency, an out-of-service car experienced a battery failure in the Wellington Yard early Monday morning. “The MBTA has decided to keep all of the new Orange Line and Red Line cars out of service while vehicle engineers and technicians work to determine the root cause of the failure and implement whatever corrective actions may be necessary,” a spokesperson for the transit agency said. This latest discovery that has forced the transit agency to park all of the CRRC-manufactured trains comes a month after a braking issue caused one of the new Orange Line trains to become disabled. That incident prompted the transit agency to remove all of the CRRC vehicles from service pending additional inspections. MBTA vehicle maintenance personnel started a fleetwide process to verify that each bolt (24 per car, 144 per train) was properly installed, officials said. As each bolt on a six-car train passed inspection, the train was returned to passenger service. Video : Sky 5 shows dozens of parked MBTA train cars in Wellington yard The new trains have been pulled from service several times before.Just over a year ago, a derailment at Wellington Station caused all of the new vehicles on the Orange Line to be pulled off the tracks for about five months. In 2019, they were temporarily pulled out of service for the replacement of door components and again after engineers observed an unexpected noise coming from the underside of the vehicles. Other cars operating on the Orange Line were originally put into service from 1979 to 1981.

The MBTA says it has temporarily taken all of its new Orange and Red Line train cars out of service again, after transit inspectors discovered a battery failure on one of the vehicles.

The trains, which are assembled in Springfield, Massachusetts, by Chinese-owned manufacturer CRRC, were pulled from service on Monday, the MBTA said.

According to the transit agency, an out-of-service car experienced a battery failure in the Wellington Yard early Monday morning.

“The MBTA has decided to keep all of the new Orange Line and Red Line cars out of service while vehicle engineers and technicians work to determine the root cause of the failure and implement whatever corrective actions may be necessary,” a spokesperson for the transit agency said.

This latest discovery that has forced the transit agency to park all of the CRRC-manufactured trains comes a month after a braking issue caused one of the new Orange Line trains to become disabled.

That incident prompted the transit agency to remove all of the CRRC vehicles from service pending additional inspections.

MBTA vehicle maintenance personnel started a fleetwide process to verify that each bolt (24 per car, 144 per train) was properly installed, officials said.

As each bolt on a six-car train passed inspection, the train was returned to passenger service.

Video: Sky 5 shows dozens of parked MBTA train cars in Wellington yard

The new trains have been pulled from service several times before.

Just over a year ago, a derailment at Wellington Station caused all of the new vehicles on the Orange Line to be pulled off the tracks for about five months.

In 2019, they were temporarily pulled out of service for the replacement of door components and again after engineers observed an unexpected noise coming from the underground of the vehicles.

Other cars operating on the Orange Line were originally put into service from 1979 to 1981.

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