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  by doepack
 
The first ten of the base 400 car order are now testing on blue...
  by doepack
 
...and here's a video of their Blue line debut. Turns out they were in actual revenue service...
  by TurningOfTheWheel
 
They've been running break-in testing on all lines over the past couple of months. Pending successful revenue service testing of the first ten cars, the other 390 will proceed.

I am a bit surprised that they've decided to deploy them on the Blue first, considering the rather decrepit state of the Forest Park branch. I wonder how the succeeding sets will be assigned; to the Blue that's been siphoning cars off other lines to fill capacity gaps, or the Orange where they can be used to their full operational potential more quickly?
  by daybeers
 
What's the latest on these cars?
  by orangeline
 
by daybeers » Thu Jun 10, 2021 12:08 pm
What's the latest on these cars?

My understanding is they are now in revenue service on the Pink Line. I guess two 4-car sets are being used.
  by doepack
 
Took one for a spin 'round the Loop earlier this week. Very nice, with cameras everywhere. You're actually able to see yourself on one of the screens in the vestibule on the control end of the car, pretty cool.

For clarity, they are being tested in revenue service on Pink through tomorrow (Friday 6/11). Next week, I'm hearing they're gonna be testing up north, possibly on Yellow and/or Purple, don't know for sure...
  by daybeers
 
CRRC has been incredibly slow with these. I hope they have fewer issues than the MBTA cars. I hope to catch some in September when I'm in Chicago; I didn't have time to hunt them down last weekend.