The Miami-Dade County Department of Transportation and Public Works (DTPW) received the first two rail cars manufactured by Hitachi Rail at DTPW’s Lehman Center. The first phase of testing was conducted at the Hitachi Rail Facility in Medley and will now undergo more testing at Miami-Dade's test track facility. These are the first of six pilot vehicles, with four others being delivered in the summer.
“We’re continuing to make great strides with transportation in Miami-Dade,” stated Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez. “Once these new rail vehicles are tested and cleared for service, our residents and visitors will get a good preview of all the improvements to come.”
At the Lehman Center, the vehicles will undergo qualification testing to make sure they are compatible with the infrastructure of DTPW’s existing system. Testing will include braking and propulsion systems, wayside integration, coupling and uncoupling, and WiFi. System level tests will also be performed for ride quality, electromagnetic interference, rail and station interface, and noise and vibration.
“As this second and final phase of testing begins, we are preparing to put these two new rail cars into service by the end of this year,” said Alice N. Bravo, P.E., director of DTPW. “Our riders are eager to see these new vehicles on our tracks, and we’re eager to get them up and running.”
The first two rail cars will be placed into service in 2017. The other four cars will be placed into service throughout 2018. The Department anticipates having the full fleet of 136 new rail cars assembled, tested, and placed into service by the end of 2019.