Green Line passengers in Medford and Somerville can expect to ride in a significantly improved fleet of cars once the extension is completed.
On Wednesday, June 6, the MBTA Board of Directors will be asked to approve a $104 million contract with Alstom Transportation Inc. to overhaul 86 of the Green Line “Type 7” light rail vehicles over the next four years.
According to the 2010 MBTA Ridership and Service Statistics (the Blue Book), the Type 7 cars make up about 54 percent of the Green Line fleet. There are 110 Type 7 cars in service; 91 of them were built from 1986-88, with the other 19 built in 1997. The remaining 95 Green Line cars are “Type 8” (Breda) cars built from 1998-2007.
In addition to the Type 7 overhaul, the MBTA is in the process of procuring 24 new “Type 9” cars as part of the Green Line Extension beyond Lechmere Station in Cambridge to Union Square in Somerville and College Avenue in Medford. Phase 2 of the extension, which will take the Medford Branch beyond College Avenue to Mystic Valley Parkway, calls for three additional new Green Line cars.
The MBTA Board meeting is scheduled for 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 6, at the State Transportation Building, 10 Park Plaza.
Here is the meeting agenda.