CHICAGO Kawasaki Rail Car Inc. has won a $1.83-billion contract from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to build passenger cars for the Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North Railroad.
The contract calls for the supply of 92 base cars and includes a provision for providing up to 584 "option" cars, bringing the total number of units to 676, the company said Sept. 19.
Lincoln, Neb.-based Kawasaki Motors Manufacturing Corp. will manufacture the car-body structure and perform the equipment installation of the rail cars while its Yonkers, N.Y., facility will perform final assembly, function testing, project management and warranty support.
The cars are expected to be delivered to the railroads starting in 2017.
"This is the largest rail contract to date for Kawasaki in the U.S.," Kawasaki chief executive officer Hiroji Iwasaki said.
Rail car structural parts, suspensions, brake systems, exteriors and closures are primarily built with steel, aluminum and metal forgings.