Monday, May 11, 2009

Alstom to open California railcar rebuilding plant

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Alstom plans to open a railcar refurbishing plant on Mare Island west of downtown Vallejo, Calif., northeast of San Francisco on the east shore of San Pablo Bay.

"Alstom Transportation will be required to maintain rail lines leading from its Mare Island base at the former shipyard Building 599, said Jason Keadjian, spokesman for island developer Lennar Mare Island.

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The site had been used by Kinki Sharyo Co. Ltd. to build light rail transit cars for Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority’s LRT system centered in San Jose. Alstom plans to lease at least 112,000 square feet of space on Mare Island.

Alstom’s move could aid the company’s plan to bid on at least a portion of California’s $44 billion high speed rail project now being developed, though initially the site would be used for railcar remanufacturing.