Sept 18 New York plans to spend up to $1.83
billion to build hundreds of electric commuter railcars at a
plant in Yonkers that is expected to employ as many as 1,500
people, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Wednesday.
Kawasaki Rail Car Inc., headquartered just north of New York
City but part of Kawasaki Heavy Industries, was awarded
the contract by the board of the Metropolitan Transportation
Authority, the largest transportation network in North America.
Up to 676 new cars will expand capacity on the Long Island
Rail Road and Metro-North Railroad as well as replace cars that
have been in use since the 1980s.
The cars will have larger windows and automated public
address announcements. But they will continue to be manufactured
as two nearly identical cars coupled together and sharing a
bathroom, conductor cabs and electrical systems. Each pair will
seat 221 passengers.
"We have been constantly working to improve the state's
infrastructure and transit systems to better serve New Yorkers,"
Cuomo said in a statement.
The first portion of the contract will pay for 92 cars for
the LIRR, to be funded with $355.5 million from the MTA's
current capital plan, which is due to be revised next year.
The remaining cars would be paid for if money is available
in the next capital plan, which will run from 2015 through 2019.