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New MBTA Rail Cars to Undergo Repairs Due to Mechanical, Software Issues

Some cars that have carried passengers will need to be taken out of service to receive new parts.

An MBTA commuter rail car. Credit: File photo.
An MBTA commuter rail car. Credit: File photo.

Several new MBTA commuter rail cars will need to be fitted with new parts due to mechanical, engineering and software problems, with some cars being taken out of service in the coming months, according to The Boston Globe

The problems with the 75 rail cars include issues with doors, air-conditioning, brakes and signal software, which MBTA officials said are a normal part of introducing more technologically-advanced cars into the transit system, according to the Globe.

The MBTA paid $190 million for the cars from Hyundai Rotem USA, which delivered the fleet two-and-a-half years late, according to the report. The South Korean contractor is working to fix the problems and is dispatching staff to the T's Somerville maintenance facility to deal with them accordingly. 

At least 15 staff members from Hyundai Rotem have been called to address the issues at the Somerville facility. While the number has not been deemed unusual, some of the new cars that have already begun carrying passengers will need to be taken out of service in the coming months to receive new parts at a Rhode Island facility, according to the report.

Barb Nahoumi January 31, 2014 at 08:47 AM
The United States needs to resume the manufacture of rail cars domestically. Put our people back to work.
Neil Licht January 31, 2014 at 03:26 PM
Must have been low bid wasn't it. Then low bid becomes addons. Can we please define specs so performance for th intended jog is a clear part of the bid spec and proving how it can work part of that. Also, what is stuff made out of v its durability, life span , climate in which it must deliver service. THats not low bid, thats best fir for the job bid specs and its time we understood the difference. Did being 2 years late also mean the product really didn't exist yet so it had to be built, tested and manufactured? No contract should remain in force when years go by and the productis still not delivered. What was the loss in service expansion time, overtime, running current gear harder and longer than it should have been, maintenance of current gear expense that could have been avoided during that 2 year delay. Low bid but at what real cost??? We really need to factor in understanding that as we create and then request bids for any purchase. THat may be more of a proposal based on a description of whats needed.
Prometheus January 31, 2014 at 04:03 PM
The United States need to resume it's commitment to freedom and liberty.....only then can companies resume manufacturing.

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