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MBTA to spend $811M on new Green Line ‘supercars’



The MBTA plans to spend $811 million to procure 102 “supercars,” which would begin to replace its aging Green Light fleet over the next decade.

The contract, approved by the Board of Directors this week, was touted by transit leadership as “a historic moment” for the MBTA, albeit one that was heavily overshadowed by the release of a scathing federal report highlighting an abundance of safety issues throughout the system.

MBTA General Manager Jeffrey Gonneville said the vision for the new Type 10 supercars, which will replace Type 7 and 8 cars that went into service between 1986 and 2007, has been in the works since 2018, and since evolved to become part of the T’s Green Line Transformation Program.

“(It) really is that first moment, this catalyst of really beginning to transform what is frankly the oldest subway system in the United States, at least the oldest continuous subway system in the United States, to really a modern system,” Gonneville said.

“This is a historic moment for the MBTA and certainly something all of us internally are really excited about,” he added.



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