Connecticut to Buy M8 Rail Cars

8 August 2010 (Last Updated August 8th, 2010 18:30)

The US state of Connecticut is planning to buy an additional 80 M8 rail cars as part of a deal with Kawasaki to replace older models. Connecticut Governor M Jodi Rell will ask the state bond commission for $226.32m for the purchase. The new cars have fewer seats but are equippe

The US state of Connecticut is planning to buy an additional 80 M8 rail cars as part of a deal with Kawasaki to replace older models.

Connecticut Governor M Jodi Rell will ask the state bond commission for $226.32m for the purchase.

The new cars have fewer seats but are equipped with better air-conditioning, electrical sockets at each seat and security cameras.

A total of 24 cars will be introduced on the Shore Line East line between New Haven and New London by the end of the year.

A further 300 M8 rail cars, placed in a previous order with Kawasaki, are being tested.