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
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.
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
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.