MBTA taking new Orange & Red Line cars out of service following Tuesday derailment

MALDEN, Mass. — The Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority will be taking their new Orange Line and Red Line cars out of service following a slow-speed derailment near Wellington Station on the Orange Line Tuesday morning, the organization said in a release.

The decision was made, “out of an abundance of caution,” while the train cars will be out of service to, “allow vehicle engineers to perform a thorough analysis of the cars’ performance,” the MBTA wrote Tuesday.

“Working closely with car maker CRRC MA, the MBTA and its engineering experts will work to determine if anything vehicle-related could have been a contributing factor in the derailment,” the organization added.

Currently, there are four new six-car subway trains on the Orange Line and one on the Red Line.

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Additionally, the MBTA will also, “make additional infrastructure upgrades and improvements at stations along the Orange Line.”

Approximately 100 people were on board a northbound Orange Line train when it derailed near Wellington Station just before 12 p.m. on Tuesday. The train, which officials say was moving slowly, was crossing over to the southbound track to accommodate ongoing maintenance work when it derailed. No injuries were reported.

Currently, shuttle buses are replacing subway service between the Oak Grove and Sullivan Square stops in both directions. Those shuttle buses will continue to be in use by the MBTA for the next three weeks while part of the track that was significantly damaged during the derailment is replaced.

The organization described that stretch of track now set to be replaced as, “decades old.”

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