MBTA approves contract with CAF USA for new light rail equipment

Type 10 cars, intended for use on the Green Line, are set to debut in 2027

A rendering of Boston’s new light rail vehicles for the Green Line. (CIF)

BOSTON — The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority has approved an $811 million contract to build new light rail vehicles by CAF USA, the U.S. subsidiary of Spanish railroad equipment maker CAF (Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles).

A press release from CAF says the order will be for 102 vehicles, two driving simulators, parts, tools and test equipment, and three years of warranty service. It also includes an MBTA option for additional trainsets.

The new Type 10 trainsets, intended for use on the MBTA’s Green Line, will be 40 feet longer than the line’s current equipment. They will have a low-floor design with seven modules and priority areas for passengers with reduced mobility.

MassLive.com Reports plans call for four pilot vehicles to be delivered in the spring of 2026, with the first production vehicle a year later and the last to be delivered in the spring of 2031. The first cars are expected to be in service in the spring of 2027. The MBTA said the hulls cars will be manufactured and assembly will take place at CAF USA’s plant in Elmira, NY, while truck chassis will be manufactured in Spain.

Jose P. Rogers