MBTA Announces Weekend Schedule Changes Amid Orange Line Trouble

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BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — The MBTA says it is changing some weekend service on three of its lines for construction work, as the Orange Line deals with electrical problems in some of its new trains.

The T said the Orange Line pulled two of its trains late last week after riders complained of unannounced long wait times. Nine cars were pulled from service. Meanwhile, the MBTA also announced new service changes on the Orange and Green lines on Monday because of the ongoing demolition of the Government Center Garage.

Orange and Green Line Trains will bypass Haymarket Station this weekend and the weekend of January 21-22. The Orange Line will also shut down between Back Bay and North Station on Jan. 14-15. Riders are being told to take the Green Line to Government Center, and a shuttle bus on to North Station.

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A large chunk of the Red Line will be replaced with shuttles from Broadway to Ashmont and North Quincy for work on a pedestrian bridge at JFK/UMass Station this weekend.

There's been no word on the root cause of the electrical problem, but the new Orange Line cars ordered from Chinese-owned rail manufacturer CRRC were pulled multiple times last year for quality control and mechanical issues.

WBZ's James Rojas (@JamesRojasNews) talked with commuters about the trains being pulled:

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