MBTA invites public to pick exterior designs for new subway cars

Posted on October 21, 2015


The Massachussetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) announced Tuesday that it is allowing the public to select the exterior designs for its new Green, Orange and Red Line cars.

“The manufacture and delivery of new rail cars will go a long way to enhancing MBTA service that our customers deserve and expect,” said MassDOT Secretary Stephanie Pollack. “In recognition of how important our customers are, and the importance of the role the T plays in the region, we are launching this contest to take this process one step further and let our customers have direct input on the final exterior design of the new vehicles.”


Three sets of exterior designs for each rapid transit line are available for viewing and voting on the MBTA website https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/vehiclesurvey2015. Votes will be accepted for two weeks, through Tuesday, November 3rd.

“We’re moving another step closer to replacing some of the oldest cars on the T’s three busiest rapid transit lines,” said MBTA GM Frank DePaola. “As these new cars are introduced to the Green, Orange, and Red Line fleets, customers will experience improvements in both capacity and reliability.”

These modern vehicles will provide a comfortable passenger experience, and feature computer-controlled lighting, heating and cooling technologies. They meet the latest Americans with Disabilities Act requirements. Passengers will also notice greatly improved signage and displays for better service information and easier travel.

Delivery of the first of 152 new Orange Line cars is set to begin in 2018. The first of 24 new Green Line trolley cars will be delivered in 2017, and the delivery of the first of 132 new Red Line cars is scheduled to start in November 2019.

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