CRRC to start production of MBTA cars in Springfield in 2018

Technicians at the Great Boston transit system’s rail yard are test driving Springfield’s future. The prototype Orange Line cars represent a step toward greater reliability and frequency of service for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. What’s more, the cars carry with them the hopes CRRC, the largest manufacturer of railroad rolling stock in the world, holds for expanding into the North American market. The prototype cars going through “dynamic” — meaning moving — testing this month at the MBTA’s Wellington station in Medford were built by CRRC in China.

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