BOSTON (WHDH) - Tired of riding on those old and run-down Orange Line trains? There’s hope in the future.
MBTA officials have released a sneak preview of the new Orange Line trains.
Officials released pictures of the mock-up, which was built to scale at two-thirds the size of the actual train car.
Unfortunately, there will be a bit of a wait: the new trains won’t hit tracks until 2019.
Additionally, the MBTA awarded a $17.9 million construction contract to J.F. White Contracting Co. to fund Red Line and Orange Line upgrades.
The upgrades include track replacement, track turnouts, and signal infrastructure, among others.
The projects will help the delivery of the new Orange Line trains.
Officials say the MBTA’s current fleet includes Orange Line trains that are 32 years old and Red Line trains that have been in service for as long as 44 years.
Construction of new trains will include 284 new cars – 152 for the Orange Line and 132 for the Red Line.
Officials hope that new trains will decrease wait times by increasing capacity and cutting train intervals during rush hour.
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