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WMATA one step closer to ordering new railcars
Hornell Evening Tribune ^ | Friday July 9, 2010 | Tyler Briggs

Posted on 07/09/2010 9:14:26 AM PDT by Willie Green

That puts Alstom nearer to possible subsystem work

Hornell, N.Y. — The Washington Metro Area Transit Authority (WMATA) is closer to the purchase of new railcars, which means Alstom may soon know the fate of their bid for subsystem work on the project.

Metro’s Board of Directors approved a contract on May 27 for the manufacture of 428 new generation Metrorail cars, known as the Series 7000 cars, at a cost of $886 million. The cars will address Metro’s number one safety priority: to replace its oldest rail cars, the 1000 Series.

Of the 428 cars, 128 of the cars will enable the expansion of Metro service on the Dulles rail corridor and 300 of the cars will be used to replace the 1000 Series.

The delivery schedule calls for the cars to start arriving on Metro property in 2013, and undergo a rigorous, months-long inspection process. All 428 cars are scheduled to go into service by 2016.

Kawasaki Rail Car Inc. was selected over Alstom and others to build the new cars. Isabelle de Fleurac, director of communications for Alstom’s North American branch, said Alstom has submitted a bid to Kawasaki for work on subsystems, but is unsure of when the company will know the fate of the bid.

Metro’s Board of Directors recently approved the terms of an agreement between WMATA and the Commonwealth of Virginia on the Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act of 2008 that, if approved by Virginia, will bring the transit agency one step closer to authorizing the purchase of new rail cars.

A critical part of Metro’s capital improvement program relies upon a contribution of $50 million annually each from the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia for the transit agency to receive a matching $150 million annual contribution from the federal government.

After the agreement with Virginia is finalized, Metro will seek pre-award authority from the Federal Transit Administration, which will allow it to give a notice to proceed to Kawasaki Rail Car Inc. The pre-award authority is dependent on execution of the agreement by Virginia.

Alstom secured work this week after winning a contract with LK Comstock Co. Inc.

They will design and supply interlocking and signaling equipment for MTA New York City Transit’s Flushing line. The $43 million contract covers the renovation and modification of signaling to operate with a communications-based train control system. The work will take place over a six-and-a-half-year period.

However, all of the work will be done at Alstom’s Rochester facility, de Fleurac said.

TOPICS: Business/Economy; US: District of Columbia; US: New York; US: Virginia
KEYWORDS: lightrail; metro; stimulus
Hornell NY, is about 55 miles south of Rochester.
The population was 9,019 at the 2000 census.
The railroad repair shops in Hornell are now Alstom's main North American assembly and manufacturing site for the production of AC traction motors, railway cars, and passenger locomotives. Car bodies are shipped from Sao Paulo, Brazil and completed as final cars in Hornell. Prior to Alstom, the shops were operated by Morrison Knudsen.

It's good to see how an infrastructure project in one part of our nation can "trickle down" and stimulate employment in other regions that are struggling economically.

428 Metrorail cars is a very large order. Nevertheless, I doubt that the older fleet is ready for the boneyard. With a little refurbishment, there is no doubt that they can be economically redeployed to some other community in our great nation looking to offer our citizens light rail commuter service!!!

1 posted on 07/09/2010 9:14:32 AM PDT by Willie Green
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To: Willie Green

“The cars would be so technologically advanced as to render them incompatible with the existing fleet.”

300 million for A-B sets that can’t be used with older equipment-————WATTA COUNTRY!!!!

2 posted on 07/09/2010 9:44:33 AM PDT by Ed Condon (Give 'em a heading, an altitude, and a reason.)
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To: Willie Green

The Washington Metro is not light rail. The 1000 Series cars were made by Rohr in the 1970’s. These were the ones that crumpled up in last year’s collision killing half-a-dozen people.

3 posted on 07/09/2010 10:53:56 AM PDT by Procyon (An well-armed society is a polite society.)
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