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Boston’s historic high-speed line cars to be replaced?


THE long-term future of Boston’s Mattapan to Ashmont high-speed line Presidents’ Conference Committee (PCC) tramcars is in doubt.

They were built in 1945/46 and are the oldest passenger vehicles in continuous regular public transport service in the USA.

MBTA PCC No. 3087 approaches Mattapan on June 19, 2017 with a service from Ashmont. KEITH FENDER

Boston area transport authority MBTA is now consulting on possible replacements for the vehicles, which are almost 75-year-old. 

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If modern light rail cars were chosen, as elsewhere in city, the line will require rebuilding as these are much heavier than the PCC cars. 

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