BOSTON (AP) — Transit officials are proposing to spend up to $280 million to replace the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority’s entire fleet of Red Line vehicles.
The Boston-area transit system had originally planned to replace only the oldest Red Line cars — some dating back to 1969 — while refurbishing relatively newer vehicles that went into service in the mid-1990s.
The plan approved by the MBTA’s fiscal control board on Monday instead calls for an entirely new fleet by 2025.
The additional work would be performed by CRRC, which in 2014 was awarded a $565 million contract to build Red Line and Orange Line vehicles at a new plant in Springfield.
T officials say it would actually cost less to buy a new car than to rehab one of the older ones.
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