Green Line Type 10 Procurement

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Saw this when reading about the new OL trains out of service again; Quote;

The MBTA recently said the transit agency will soon be taking bids for two more large train-car contracts: 100 more bi-level Commuter Rail cars — with options for another 100 — and 165 of the new, much larger “Type 10” Green Line cars the T plans to roll out as part of an overhaul of that line. ;End Quote;
What's the source of the quote?
 

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The RFP closed Wednesday for the Type 10 order. I guess we'll find out soon who bid what for our future shopping pleasure.

Note: we've got a long way to go before a final bid gets selected, given that GLT specs are still being refined. But the returned bids will spell out who the key players are and how elastic they're willing to be for our needs.
 

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...and after another pregnantly long wait, a 14th Type 9 has finally entered service. 10 to go...mysteriously AWOL car 3906 still mysteriously AWOL in the sequential numbering.
 

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The RFP closed Wednesday for the Type 10 order. I guess we'll find out soon who bid what for our future shopping pleasure.

Note: we've got a long way to go before a final bid gets selected, given that GLT specs are still being refined. But the returned bids will spell out who the key players are and how elastic they're willing to be for our needs.
The MBTA bidding website suggests that in fact the RFP did not close and has been extended to August, I would imagine likely as a result of the pandemic limiting bid responses. https://bc.mbta.com/business_center...ls_management/invitation_for_bids/Default.asp

States that RFP 367F-19 closes 08/11/2020
 

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Meanwhile, while the New Red/Orange Cars thread starts losing grip on reality. . .

Third-from-last Type 9 delivery arrived on the property last week for testing. CAF only has 2 units left to deliver. 16 in-service, 6 in-testing. Overall they're noticeably more frequent these days on the general rotation. Last Sat. I noticed them taking up about 1 out of every 4 B Line trips over a couple-hour span along Comm Ave.

With 202 active cars, the GL fleet is now the largest it's been since the last Boeings were retired 13 years ago. Max-size roster is 219 when figuring 8 more Type 9 acceptances, 2 Type 7 rebuilds that are short-term idled for shop work, and 7 Type 8's that are sidelined long-term from unavailable parts (to be fixed when midlife fleet component refresh program goes out to bid).


We're now sitting pretty much on the fleet uptime threshold for giving 3-car trains another go. Trialing it on the D and/or B could be something they seek to do on experimental basis quickly after completion of the ongoing track replacement blitzes and temp bustitutions. Mid-Fall schedule revision after the state's passed through all its most crucial biz-open phases would be the ripest time to try it, because they can do the data collection and tweaking while the system is still operating very unstressed by the in-progress ridership recovery and operating under a shorter/simpler dispatching bench with service truncated temporarily at North Station.
 

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