- Apr 28, 2020
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Yes. The #12 cars (01200-01300 series) never had a proper mid-life rebuilding. Somewhere around the late-00s, early-10s they refreshed them somewhat; they definitely got new paint and possibly some roof work done, though I don't know if they did any significant body work and they certainly didn't rebuild the guts of those things. While they're a good decade-plus younger than the #1 Red Line (01500 and 01600 series) cars, they've actually been in service longer without a proper rebuild, and it shows.I think you misunderstood. It's the lack of funding that likely contributed to the fact that they didn't buy new vehicles to replace their current fleet that is over 40 years old earlier. As a result, a battery explodes and now you have this bruhaha over having to run vehicles on their last legs.
LA is replacing their current fleet which are all under 30 years old. This gives them more leeway to test and troubleshoot their new rolling stock because their current stock is still serviceable and there's less pressure to immediately take them out of service.
My point is, there is a lot of things the MBTA is at fault for. This isn't one of them. You can blame the shitty ass elected officials and the folks from central and western mass who do not want their taxes going into public transit
That is on the T, and it's on successive state governments whose indifference and cheapness presumably played a role. The Red Line got partial fleet supplementation and rebuilds, the Orange Line got zilch. For whatever reasons, they completely whiffed on a decision to rebuild-or-replace the 01200s until the point came that a rebuild wouldn't be cost effective, necessitating full-scale fleet replacement that left us at the mercy of the new cars (which, to be fair, is the exact same thing the Blue Line had to deal with fifteen or so years ago). I don't completely let the T off the hook; there was once upon a time talk of supplementing the OL fleet with retired #4 cars from the Blue Line, until it turned out that they were too corroded to be useful. To the extent that that plan might have disrupted consideration of rebuilding-or-replacing the OL fleet, that's on the T, though potentially mitigated by funding shortfalls if they were essentially forced into "use these or do nothing 'cause there's no money".
And, lest we start getting overly hyperbolic about the T, it's worth noting that we're at least better off than WMATA down in DC, who found out about the nasty-nasty near-fatal flaw in their 7000 series after those things had displaced something like 60% of its entire fleet. Better to find and fix the problems when taking the new cars out of service is an annoyance rather than slashing or shutting down service altogether.