PATH, Kawasaki sign for new, refurbished cars

Written by Stuart Chirls, Senior Editor
PATH train

Having just departed Newark for Jersey City and the World Trade Center, and running eastbound on the westbound main due to PTC work, a PATH train of PA-5 cars pulls into the Harrison, N.J., station, April 6, 2018. Railway Age photo by Stuart Chirls

The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey is expanding and upgrading its interstate passenger car fleet.

Kawasaki Rail Car will build 72 new powered PA-5 cars and refurbish another 350 for the agency’s Port Authority Trans-Hudson (PATH) rail system. The 27.8-mile system connects Newark, Jersey City, Hoboken and Manhattan.

The $240 million contract calls for deliveries of new cars to begin in 2022 from Kawasaki’s factory in Lincoln, Nebr., and tested at the Japanese company’s facility in Yonkers, N.Y. The latter will handle overhaul work between 2018 and 2024.

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