Workers secured an old Blue Line car to a crane and hoisted it up in the air Monday, carefully guiding it into a tunnel that leads to a brand new, state-of-the-art Training Facility that will help Transit Police learn and practice emergency response drills.
The MBTA is in the process of building the Emergency Training Center, which they say will significantly enhance employees’ abilities to prepare and respond to emergencies within the MBTA system during real-life situations.
The $8.8 million project consists of three phases and will be completed by next spring. The facility is located near Broadway Station in South Boston.
Phase one of the project, which consisted of water mitigation and structural repairs, has been completed. Phase two, the delivery of two retired Blue Line cars and one retired Green Line trolley, has been ongoing.
On Monday, a handful of workers guided one of the retired Blue Line cars up into the air, spun it around and maneuvered it slowly into the open bay, which leads to a tunnel connected to the Training Center.
Officials said the project is funded by grants from the Department of Homeland Security and comes at no extra cost to the MBTA.
It is also backed by the Mayor’s Office of Emergency Management, Executive Office of Safety and Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
The final phase of the project will include the construction work necessary to complete the center and the installation of all necessary fire code and safety components inside the facility.
Officials from the Transit Police Department, as well as MBTA General Manager Jon Davis, will be at the site of the facility on Monday to talk about its progress.