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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.

By Matt Perkins

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.


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