Discussion relating to commuter rail, light rail, and subway operations of the MBTA.
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Did they ultimately create new space somewhere to hold this expanded fleet of type 9 plus all the other type 7 back from overhaul?
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Also I believe new storage space will be added as part of the GLX (Green Line extension to Somerville) project.
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The combined Type 7 and Type 8 fleets were supposed to number 220 cars. 17 Type 7s have been wrecked through the years and the Type 8 order cut from 100 cars to 95, in addition to one Type 8 officially retired. Assuming every one of the remaining Type 8s that are out of service can be repaired and returned to operation (very highly unlikely, especially severely damaged 3847), even the addition of the 24 Type 9s will result in 221 cars, one more than the T should have had if the Type 7 and 8 fleets had survived intact through the years. One wonders if the 7 and 8 fleet had remained intact would it have even been deemed necessary to spend $100+ million on the Type 9s?