Orange Line’s regular service resumes after vandals’ strike on trains

Regular timetables on the MBTA Orange Line have resumed after several trains were damaged by vandals, according to transit officials. The vandals damaged the windows of those Orange Line trains and the matter is being investigated by the Transit Police Department. The MBTA warned Orange Line drivers that they may face extended wait times between trains late Wednesday afternoon. “Repairs are underway,” the T wrote in a statement. “We apologize for the inconvenience and are working to get the trains up and running as soon as possible.” Officials later said repairs were progressing “at a good pace” and a full set of ten trains are expected to be available for the evening shift. The MBTA tweeted at 5:26 p.m. that Orange Line’s regular service had resumed. While numerous new Orange Line trains were spotted at T’s Wellington Yard Wednesday afternoon, they were withdrawn from service on June 21 after transit inspectors discovered a battery failure on one of the vehicles. Officials said engineers are working on a plan to fix that problem. Riders using the Orange Line have already faced a longer-than-usual wait after the MBTA reduced service to meet a federal guideline regarding the staffing of the MBTA’s Operations Control Center. A recent federal inspection found the MBTA’s Operations Control Center “is not adequately staffed,” posing an “increased security risk.” An official said some workers worked 20-hour shifts with breaks of just 4 hours between shifts. In addition to improving staffing levels, the MBTA was also tasked with ensuring that all OCC employees are properly certified and that supervisors are not assigned dual roles at the same time.

According to transit officials, regular timetables have resumed on the MBTA Orange Line after several trains were damaged by vandals.

The vandals damaged the windows of those Orange Line trains and the matter is being investigated by the Transit Police Department.

The MBTA warned Orange Line drivers that they could face extended waits between trains on Wednesday afternoon.

“Repairs are underway,” the T wrote in a pronunciation† “We apologize for the inconvenience and we are working to get the trains up and running as soon as possible.”

Officials later said repairs were progressing “at a good pace” and a full slate of ten trains is expected to be available for the evening shift.

The MBTA tweeted at 5:26 p.m. that Orange Line’s regular service had resumed.

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While numerous new Orange Line trains were spotted at T’s Wellington Yard Wednesday afternoon, they were withdrawn from service on June 21 after transit inspectors discovered a battery failure in one of the vehicles. Officials said engineers are working on a plan to fix that problem.

Riders using the Orange Line have already faced a longer-than-usual wait after the MBTA reduced service to meet a federal guideline regarding the staffing of the MBTA’s Operations Control Center.

A recent federal inspection found that the MBTA’s Operations Control Center is “understaffed,” posing an “increased security risk.” An official said some workers worked 20-hour shifts with breaks of just 4 hours between shifts.

In addition to improving staffing levels, the MBTA was also tasked with ensuring that all OCC employees are properly certified and that supervisors are not given duplicate roles at the same time.

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