The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) has awarded a contract to China Railway Rolling Stock Corporation to manufacture 64 new rail cars for the Metro Red and Purple Lines. The contract includes five options to buy an additional 218 subway cars. The base order with options is valued at $647 million.
Thirty of the HR4000 heavy rail vehicles will be used to replace existing trains on the Metro Red Line, and 34 new cars will be used for the Metro Purple Line’s four-mile extension, which will open in 2023.
The contract will create approximately 50 local jobs when a new facility is purchased in the Los Angeles area to manufacture major components for propulsion, heating, ventilation, and air conditioning and lighting systems for the new rail cars. Manufacturing the subway cars’ exterior shell will take place in China, and final assembly will be done in Springfield, Mass.
“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to partner with Metro to design and build a state of the art vehicle for Los Angeles,” remarked Jia Bo, vice president for China Railway Rolling Stock’s Massachusetts office. “Our team is committed to work collaboratively with Metro to demonstrate our technology and manufacturing capabilities in the rail car industry.”
“With inclusion and workforce development a priority, we will continue to engage the community and partner with organizations and institutions to stimulate the local economy through education, training, and job creation in railcar manufacturing,” added Bo.
China Railway will deliver the first pilot vehicle by the spring of 2020 and the entire base order of 64 subway cars by September 2021. The order is funded by local and federal sources, including a percentage of Measure R sales tax proceeds.
Metro is also going to unveil a Workforce Initiative Now Program later this year. The program will educate, train and provide opportunities for residents to apply for transportation-related jobs.
“We are a growing system that needs qualified, trained and prepared talent to keep us running,” said Metro CEO Phillip A. Washington. “This new workforce program will create a path for those who want a job maintaining our new subway cars in the future.”