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Los Angeles chooses new LRVs from Kinkisharyo

Los Angeles MTA has named Kinkisharyo as the preferred bidder for a USD 299M contract for 78 new light rail vehicles; there are four options for up to an additional 157 LRVs for USD 591M. The order is due to be confirmed on 22 March. The new cars will be delivered from 2015 for use on the Expo Line extension, Gold Line Foothill extension and the Crenshaw line. LAMATA also plans to start replacing its original LRV fleet delivered to the Blue Line in 1989/90.

After buying 50 LRVs from AnsaldoBreda in 2006-11, which were delivered late and over-weight, LAMATA cancelled its option for more cars from that company and bid on the new contract (other bidders were CAF and Siemens). Kinkisharyo will establish a transit car production facility in the US to assemble and fit out the new order.

12 March 2012

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