Monday, May 03, 2010

Kawasaki apparent choice for NYMTA subway cars

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Kawasaki Railcar USA is the apparent winning bidder tosupply 23 new R-188 subway cars to MTA New York City Transit under an $87million contract. The contract contains a $384 million option to build anadditional 123 cars and refurbished 350 existing units.

The R-188s, which will be built for NYCT’s no. 7 FlushingLine and equipped with communications-based train control, will be assembled atKawaski’s Yonkers, N.Y., plant, with carbodies fabricated in Japan. New cars orderedunder the option will be manufactured at Kawasaki’s Lincoln, Neb., facility.

In addition, Kawasaki is upgrading the controls on 10 existingR-143 cars with CBTC. The order will be completed in stages from 2011 to 2012.