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Orange Line Upgrade: New, More Spacious Cars Set to Go Into Service

New cars for Orange Line trains were set to go into service Wednesday, in an expected boost for the embattled Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority.

Gov. Charlie Baker and MBTA officials were expected to hold a press conference at Wellington station in Medford to launch the six new cars.

The MBTA says the new additions are more spacious and have wider doors and updated safety features. 

The entire line of 152 trains will be replaced over the next two years, adding 30,000 new seats to the system.

MBTA Announces Extensive Weekend Closures for Repairs

[NECN] MBTA Announces Extensive Weekend Closures for Repairs

The development comes two days after MBTA officials revealed that the Orange Line would see weekend station closures in October and November as part of a major acceleration of repair work on three MBTA lines.

That plan will bring closures to one of the Orange, Green or Red Lines almost every weekend from September through the end of the year.

The fleet of 152 new Orange Line vehicles is part of a $1 billion revamp ordered for it and the Red Line.

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