MBTA debuts new double-decker cars

The rest of the new coaches will be in service by fall, the MBTA said.
Kayana Szymczak for the Boston Globe
The rest of the new coaches will be in service by fall, the MBTA said.

Three brand new commuter rail coaches debuted Wednesday, the first of 75 double-decker cars the MBTA commissioned from ­Hyundai Rotem.

The coaches left North Station at 10:30 a.m. on Train 213 to ­Haverhill, the MBTA said in a statement. The MBTA plans to intro­duce 15 of the 75 coaches, which cost the transit agency $190 million, into regular rotation by fall, the statement said.

“We are constantly working to bring our customers a better experience,” said Beverly Scott, general manager of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. “These new coaches will do just that, with a cleaner, more informed, and more comfortable trip for all on board.”


The MBTA said the coaches provide 55 percent more seating room than single-level cars. The coaches are equipped with updated restrooms; seating for passengers with disabilities; high-tech air-conditioning systems; LED displays to show announcements and station locations; and microprocessors to control doors, brakes, and signals.

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After a series of delays on the contract, Scott visited the Hyundai Rotem plant in Philadelphia last month and said she believed the company was turning the corner and would deliver on its promise to provide 75 double-decker coaches to the commuter rail system.

Fifteen of the coaches were expect­ed to be running by September, Scott said at that time.

Todd Feathers

Martine Powers of the Globe staff contributed to this report. Todd Feathers can be reached at Follow him on Twitter at @ToddFeathers.

Correction: Because of a reporting error, an earlier version of this story incorrectly reported how many new commuter rail coaches would be in regular rotation by the fall. Fifteen of the coaches are expected to be in service by the fall.