May 1, 2013

MBTA welcomes first new commuter coaches

Left to Right: Hyundai-Rotem Vice-Chairman Han, MBTA CFO Jonathan Davis, State Senator Thomas McGee, MBCR General Manager Hugh Kiley, MBTA GM Dr. Beverly Scott, Consul General of Korea Kangho Park at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new commuter cars.

Left to Right: Hyundai-Rotem Vice-Chairman Han, MBTA CFO Jonathan Davis, State Senator Thomas McGee, MBCR General Manager Hugh Kiley, MBTA GM Dr. Beverly Scott, Consul General of Korea Kangho Park at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new commuter cars.
The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) welcomed the first three new commuter rail coaches from Hyundai-Rotem USA into passenger service last week. The coaches will operate in passenger service on the North Side of the commuter rail system in coming weeks, and new coaches are expected to be in service throughout the system in the coming months.

“We are constantly working to bring our customers a better experience,” said MBTA GM Dr. Beverly Scott. “These new coaches will do just that, with a cleaner, more informed and more comfortable trip for all on board.”

These are the first three of 75 total ordered from Hyundai-Rotem USA, at a cost of $190 million. Fifteen will be in service by fall of 2013. These new bi-level coaches feature 55% more seating than single-level coaches; onboard LED displays showing next station information and announcements; and larger, modern, accessible restrooms.

Other amenities include designated seating for passengers with disabilities; specially designed air-conditioning systems providing increased filtration and airflow; and new microprocessor systems controlling air conditioning, doors, communications, brakes and signals.

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