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CRRC to supply 64 railcars to LA Metro; 45 multi-level coaches to SEPTA [free access]

March 24, 2017

China Railway Rolling Stock Corporation (CCRC) has secured a contract from the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) to supply 64 railcars for the Red and Purple subway lines. The contract includes five options, which if exercised, could increase the order size by 218 railcars and value to USD647 million.


Delivery of the 64 railcars is scheduled to begin in Spring 2020 and be completed by September 2021. The order is being financed by local and federal sources, including a percentage of Measure R sales tax proceeds.


Of the total railcars, 34 railcars will be deployed on the upcoming 6.4-km (4-mile) Purple Line extension from the Mid-Wilshire District to Beverly Hills (due to open in 2023) and the remaining 30 will replace the railcars that are over 25 years of age.


The exterior shell of the railcars will be manufactured in CRRC’s plant in Changchun, China, and final assembly will be done in Springfield, Massachusetts. CRRC will also build a facility in the Los Angeles area to manufacture components for propulsion, heating, ventilation, air-conditioning and lighting systems.


In addition, CRRC has secured a USD137.5-million contract from the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transit Authority (SEPTA) to supply 45 multi-level coaches for the regional rail network with an option for 10 cars for USD23.5 million. The coaches will meet "Buy America" requirements, with 60 per cent or more of the parts, labour and fabrication in the United States. Delivery is expected to begin in 2019. The coaches will be paired with SEPTA's new electric locomotives being manufactured by Siemens.


CRRC’s bid was much lower than that of Bombardier Transportation (USD171.5 million), and Hyundai Rotem (USD187.8 million).