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June 9, 2015

Brookville Equipment to deliver six streetcars for Woodward Avenue line in Detroit

Brookville Equipment has won a $32m contract from M-1 RAIL to deliver six streetcars for the Woodward Avenue line in Detroit, Michigan, US.

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Brookville Equipment has won a $32m contract from M-1 RAIL to deliver six streetcars for the Woodward Avenue line in Detroit, Michigan, US.

Under the deal, Brookville will be responsible for designing, building, testing and safety certification of six individual liberty modern streetcars, which will measure 66ft-long and carry 125 passengers on average.

The vehicles will travel at speeds of 35mph and will use Brookville’s soft-ride trucks with four 99kW AC traction motors.

"Selection of Brookville provides M-1 RAIL with a company that has experience constructing streetcars that best meet this project’s technological requirements and timeline."

Passengers can access Wi-Fi and HVAC systems will aid the changes in Michigan’s weather.

The streetcars will operate in a 6.6-mile loop on Woodward Avenue line, linking various centres from Campus Martius Park through Midtown to Grand Blvd in the city’s New Center and North End neighbourhoods.

Rechargeable lithium-ion batteries will be used to operate 60% of the line.

M-1 RAIL chief operating officer Paul Childs said: "Selection of Brookville provides M-1 RAIL with a company that has experience constructing streetcars that best meet this project’s technological requirements and timeline."

Brookville Equipment business development vice-president Joel McNeil: "With off-wire capabilities, low-floor design compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and a sleek design, we are confident these vehicles will integrate seamlessly into the city’s existing infrastructure to improve accessibility to major attractions and other local transit systems for residents and visitors in one of America’s most iconic cities."


Image: Brookville Liberty streetcar rendering. Photo: courtesy of Brookville Equipment Corporation.

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