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September 16, 2013

Kawasaki Rail Car receives $1.8bn M9 order from LIRR

US-based Kawasaki Rail Car has secured a $1.8bn contract to design, manufacture, test and deliver a base order of 92 M9 cars for the MTA Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) in New York, US.

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Kawasaki plant

US-based Kawasaki Rail Car has secured a $1.8bn contract to design, manufacture, test and deliver a base order of 92 M9 cars for the MTA Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) in New York, US.

The new vehicles will replace LIRR’s aging M3 fleet on a one-to-one basis.

The order comprises additional options for 584 cars for LIRR and MTA Metro-North Railroad, according to an article by LIRR.

Funds for the 92-car base order will come from the MTA’s 2009-2014 Capital Program.

The new cars will be designed to operate on both LIRR and Metro-North systems without requiring any technical modifications.

The M9 cars will incorporate design features of previous M7 and M8 models, including AC traction systems, HVAC systems, better diagnostics and larger windows.

The cars will have single-leaf doors and automated announcements that will be played inside and outside the train.

Kawasaki Rail Car focuses on designing, building and delivering 100% American-made rail cars to the country’s mass transportation market.

The company offers rapid transit vehicles, commuter trains, mono rails, high-speed trains and intercity and light rail vehicles, as well as electric, hydraulic and diesel locomotives.


Image: Kawasaki Rail Car plant in Yonkers, New York. Photo courtesy of Sean Lonergan.

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