WMATA held a VIP only press event the first day of the first 7000 series and then from the next day on, it was running from morning rush thru the day as part of the fleet. Full revenue service was scheduled to begin HALF A YEAR AGO (at least).I don't think it's unacceptable. A slow uptake is very normal with new fleet - it would have been this way whether it happened in November or it happened now. They could have quietly entered it into service yesterday and waited until the first rush hour service to hold the press conference, but the people were restless and the MBTA wanted good PR, which they got.
Yesterday it announced Mass Ave at Back Bay.Just rode it today, lovely train I'll try and post my pictures at some point. But yes the MBTA has continued this with the new green line trains still not seeing use in rush hour yet.
And when I was on the new OL today, I sat in the front carriage and noted two software engineers and two mechanical engineers troubleshooting various things, going in and out of the cab in the front to speak with the three people up there, etc. And there are definitely still a few customer facing bugs, like the stop announcements getting a bit muddled sometimes. And the godawful door beeping has got to stop when parked at a terminal station or stopped for a delay. My train informed us we were at Ruggles as we pulled into Mass Ave today. I also overhead listening in on a conversation bt the engineers that things like the APCs aren't online yet, hardware is ready but the servers aren't up or anything to even begin data collection.
The Commuter Rail always says "now approaching, Reading" or "now approaching, Beverly" when pulling into North Station.The Red 01800's still routinely fuck up the stop announcements 25 years later. Green ASA...never really had problems in 21 years. Blue...some opening glitches but stable for 8-9 years.
Day 1 glitch does not a trend make.
Aluminum frames disintegrate too fast in saltwater to be used with any effectiveness for reef-building, though the stainless steel Red 01800's would be perfect for that purpose. The old cars will get scrapped with most of the metal sent out by the scrappers for recycling. There won't be anything left of them by the time the metal is parted out because they'll be crushed into a million pieces.
The Blue 0600's, due to lack of space at Orient Heights, were trucked out to the Pan Am freight yard in Billerica and scrapped there. Too early to tell for Orange because a scrap contract probably won't go out to bid until year's end with next Spring/Summer being the first dispersals. Wellinton does have a long service track stretching from the Route 16 overpass to Medford Jct. above the tunnel roof, connected to the Medford Branch as Orange's access to the outside RR network. They may use that as the dead line for decomissioned trains because it doesn't interfere with the test trackage for new cars. They can just keep shoving dead sets back there as far as the eye can see from a passing train...then pull them back forward when it's time to load on a flatbed for the scrappers.
Good to see.Cars 1410 and 1411 arrived on MBTA property today, meaning we now have 1402-1411 on property (aka one short of two full trains). Pics: https://mobile.twitter.com/MBTA/status/1163556242327048192
What happened to 1400&1401?Cars 1410 and 1411 arrived on MBTA property today, meaning we now have 1402-1411 on property (aka one short of two full trains). Pics: https://mobile.twitter.com/MBTA/status/1163556242327048192
Puttering around up and down the Somerville-Medford test track. 12 production cars (1400-1411) have been delivered to Wellington, but they isolated the first revenue set to the ones that had the most testing under the latest firmware tweak.What happened to 1400&1401?
So will 1400-1403 ever enter revenue service or will they always be training cars?