Talgo rolling on LA Red Line car rehab

Written by William C. Vantuono, Editor-in-Chief
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Talgo USA Inc. in June received the first of 74 Metro Red Line A650 HRV rapid transit cars from Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACMTA) in its Milwaukee facility, and rehab work is under way.

In September 2016, LACMTA awarded a contract to Talgo USA Inc. to improve the performance of the Metro Red Line A650 HRVs by replacing and/or overhauling critical vehicle systems and subsystems. The intent of this contract is to briong LACMTA’s Red Line fleet to a state of good repair “where the overhaul and component replacement is prioritized to enhance safety, availability, and reliability,” Talgo said. The A650 HRV fleet consists of 37 A650 married pairs built by Breda Costruzioni Ferroviarie between 1992 and 2000.

“We are excited about the opportunity to expand our business in the U.S. and transfer our extensive expertise in the overhaul business to vehicles owned by LACMTA.” Talgo USA Inc. President and CEO Antonio Perez said. “Our Milwaukee facilities will accommodate those 74 vehicles and still have sufficient room for growth. Talgo will show how its 75 years of experience overhauling rail vehicles will be beneficial to transit agencies.”

“We have a strong team in place working on the A650 project and are very pleased with our progress” said Project Manager Ferran Canals. “We have confidence in our ability to excel in this project working hand in hand with the LACMTA team.”



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