Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) in the US has signed a $153m contract with Bombardier Transit to supply 54 multilevel rail cars for the MARC commuter train service.

The new rail cars will be used to replace ageing cars as the MTA plans to retire 38 older rail cars and expand the fleet by 16 cars.

The US government is expected to fund 80% of the amount while the remaining 20% will be funded by Maryland Transit Administration.

The new rail cars will be procured on the back of an order by New Jersey Transit to reduce the procurement time which will reduced from nine months to a year from the bid solicitation process, according to