Alstom to modernize LA LRV fleet

Written by Railway Age Staff
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Alstom has been awarded a contract worth more than $140 million by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority to perform the midlife overhaul of 52 P2000 light rail vehicles, which operate on the city’s Blue, Green and Expo lines.

The scope of the overhaul includes the upgrade of major systems such as propulsion, HVAC, automatic train control, auxiliary power supply, brake control, communications and doors, and trucks. The overhaul is expected to allow Metro to keep the fleet in service for at least another 15 years, Alstom said.

Alstom will perform the overhaul work at its Mare Island facility in Vallejo, Calif. The dedicated manufacturing and service facility will perform the railcar stripping, final assembly, and testing. Alstom’s site at Naperville, Ill., will provide the required engineering for the project.

The first vehicles to be overhauled will arrive at Mare Island in July 2017, with the last overhauled LRVs returning to service in 2021. Alstom expects the program to create about 45 local jobs over the course of the contract.

Alstom said it is committed to over 70% U.S. domestic content in the LRV overhaul program, which meets the applicable Federal Trade Administration’s Buy America Act requirements.

Alstom said it has worked on the modernization of close to 5,100 railcars for many major transit agencies, including New York City Transit, Chicago Transit Authority, New Jersey Transit, Southeast Pennsylvania Transit Authority, Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority, Maryland Transit Administration, Amtrak, and Caltrans.





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