New MBTA train delivery dates remain work in progress

The Chinese firm responsible for building new MBTA Orange and Red Line trains is still crafting an updated schedule for the project after multiple delays, and T officials appear pleased with how well the vehicles have been performing lately.

MBTA General Manager Phil Eng told the agency’s board that CRRC has “strengthened” its quality assurance team in the wake of numerous issues reported at its Springfield manufacturing plant. Eng said he, Deputy General Manager Jeff Gonneville, Transportation Secretary Gina Fiandaca, Economic Development Secretary Yvonne Hao and Undersecretary of Transportation Monica Tibbits-Nutt held a virtual meeting last week with CRRC’s chairman, describing it as “productive.”

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