The MBTA is within the technique of designing new “supercars” for the Inexperienced Line, and on Monday revealed the chosen paint design for the long run automobiles.
The transit authority let the general public select between three paint designs for the automobiles by a ballot after presenting the designs earlier this month.
Choice 3, which encompasses a inexperienced and darkish grey paint scheme alongside the physique of the automobile, inexperienced doorways, and a white and navy blue decrease working strip, was the most well-liked design, the MBTA stated in a press launch.
The ballot ran from Oct. 2 to 13 and acquired greater than 16,300 responses, the MBTA stated. Choice 3 was the decisive winner with 9,566 votes, or virtually 59% of the vote.
“Guaranteeing that we interact with riders and incorporate their suggestions is essential in the whole lot we do,” MBTA Normal Supervisor Phillip Eng stated within the launch. “ … We worth the time that it takes to vote, and the truth that we heard instantly from hundreds of riders demonstrates the significance of those new Inexperienced Line automobiles to the general public.”
Choice 3 additionally prevailed in Boston.com’s ballot on the designs, garnering practically 50% of the vote amongst over 220 readers.
“I haven’t been on the Inexperienced Line not too long ago, however I like choice 3 as a result of one can clearly see it’s a Inexperienced Line trolley,” Brighton reader Valerie P. stated.
Late final summer time, the MBTA’s board of administrators awarded a virtually $811 million contract for the manufacturing of over 100 Inexperienced Line sort 10 “supercars” to interchange the road’s outdated sort 7 and eight automobiles.
The brand new automobiles can be 40 ft longer than the road’s present automobiles and simpler to take care of, the MBTA stated within the launch. They will even embrace “state-of-the-art” communication techniques, wider doorways, and the “newest technology of crash-safety know-how.”
Amid continued repairs to the Inexperienced Line, these promised enhancements appear to be entrance of thoughts for each the transit authority and the general public.
One popular response to an MBTA tweet asking riders to choose a paint design for the brand new automobiles merely learn “The one which doesn’t break down.” Moreover, many Boston.com readers who responded to our ballot on the paint designs stated the road was too sluggish to fulfill their wants.
In Monday’s announcement, the MBTA stated its automobile engineering crew is within the technique of partaking with the general public and quite a lot of stakeholders in regards to the supercars’ design.
“Security and reliability proceed to be the primary precedence of the Inexperienced Line Sort 10 supercar design course of, with the expertise of riders and the operator because the central focus,” the transit authority wrote within the launch.
The brand new automobiles can be in design for a number of extra years earlier than pilot automobiles are launched to the road, the MBTA stated. A mock-up of the brand new automobiles is anticipated to be made accessible to the general public subsequent 12 months in order that riders can provide suggestions.
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