Post by joshuanickel on Jul 25, 2013 16:29:46 GMT -8
The Metro Board today approved the purchase of 28 new light rail cars to use on the Crenshaw Line. They will start delivery once the base order for Expo/Foothill is completed in FY 2017. Here is the news release:
The Board voted to approve two options to a contract with Kinkisharyo International for 97 new light rail vehicles to be used on the Crenshaw/LAX Line and to replace older vehicles in Metro’s rail car fleet. The cost of the options is $396,650,000.
The initial contract — including an order for 78 light rail vehicles — with Kinkisharyo was approved by the Board in April 2012.
As a result of its contract with Metro, Kinkisharyo is moving their U.S. headquarters from Boston to El Segundo. Kinkisharyo will also be assembling the light rail vehicles in Palmdale, which is expected to create about 250 full-time jobs. according to Metro.
The Metro Board today approved the purchase of 28 new light rail cars to use on the Crenshaw Line.
From my reading, 22 are for Crenshaw, not 28.
This two options combined will result in purchase of 97 new LRVs (beyond the initial order). Of these, 22 will be used for the Crenshaw/LAX Line, and the other 75 will replace existing LRVs which will be at their end-of-life (old P865s and P2020s).
The original request was for 78 LRVs (known as the P3010), which are needed for Expo and Gold Line operations. And, Metro still has two more options, potentially allowing purchase of another 60 LRVs.