MassDOT reports it's started accepting delivery of the first of 86 Type 7 trolleys being rebuilt in a factory in upstate New York.
The cars, which went into service in 1986 and 1987, were nearing the end of their intended lifespans. Unlike with Orange and Red Line cars that are now well past theirs, the state was able to find a company willing to rehab them.
The $104.4 million project includes preserving the integrity of the vehicle structure, roof, and exterior and improving the reliability of the fleet. Systems are being replaced or upgraded while others are being overhauled. Some of the improvements include a replacement in the upgraded design HVAC, auxiliary lighting, flooring, seating, and insulation. The overhaul work addresses the structure, roof, exterior skin, door system, brake equipment, trucks, and propulsion.
All refurbished cars are inspected, cleaned and subjected to extensive testing prior to being returned to service. The first car will enter passenger service in early April. The current refurbishment schedule calls for approximately half of the 86 trolleys to be returned to service by next winter, and the other half by the end of 2016.