Orange Line car pulls into City Hall plaza
Chinese officials take bow at public unveiling
THE CHINESE OFFICIALS building new subway cars for the MBTA took a bow on Monday at the public unveiling of a prototype of the new Orange Line car at City Hall plaza in Boston.
Zhongyi An, president of CRRC Changchun, said through an interpreter that the MBTA was the company’s first customer in North America. The firm has since landed contracts with Chicago, Los Angeles, and most recently Philadelphia. The original $566 million MBTA contract was also expanded by $249 million to include replacement vehicles for all Red Line cars.
“CRRC, having a strong and successful international history building rail cars, is proud to share its engineering and manufacturing expertise with the MBTA and we thank you for believing in our ability to lead this project,” he said.
The mockup Orange Line car, two-thirds the size of a real vehicle, was unveiled May 21 at an MBTA garage in Medford for Gov. Charlie Baker and other state officials. It was brought to City Hall plaza by truck and plunked down via a crane. Officials said the public will be able to look inside through Wednesday evening and offer any suggestions as the car enters the final design phase.