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$1.4 Billion Subway Car Order in New York

The New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority voted Jan. 24 to approve a $1.4 billion, FTA-funded contract with Kawasaki Rail Car Inc. for 535 railcars—the largest order in the history of the company’s Lincoln, NE, plant—to replace railcars dating back to the 1960s.

The order will include 440 standard closed-end subway cars and 20 open-gangway test cars with through vestibules, both for MTA New York City Transit, and 75 cars for the MTA Staten Island Railway. Amenities will include wider doors, closed-circuit surveillance cameras and improved digital displays.

The contract includes options for an additional 1,077 cars, for a total acquisition of up to 1,612 cars at a cost of $3.7 billion. Delivery of new cars for testing will begin in 2020.

The new railcars will replace R42 cars dating to 1969-70 and some R32 cars, which are more than 50 years old.

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