The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority’s (SEPTA) Board has approved the purchase of 45 multi-level coaches for Regional Rail from CRRC MA Corp. The contract, worth approximately $137 million, includes an option for the purchase of 10 more coaches.
"This contract award allows SEPTA to advance a major service-improvement initiative at a cost that fits within our budget constraints," said Pasquale T. Deon Sr., SEPTA board chairman. "We look forward to seeing the new multi-level coaches in service for our customers."
The coaches will be paired with SEPTA's new electric locomotives currently being manufactured by Siemens. The coaches, which will meet "Buy America" requirements, will be produced at CRRC MA's manufacturing facility in Springfield, Mass., and are expected to be delivered in late 2019.
SEPTA General Manager Jeffrey D. Knueppel remarked, "SEPTA's Regional Rail ridership has grown by more than 50 percent over the last 15 years. The addition of new multi-level coaches and electric locomotives are critical for expanding capacity and meeting the needs of our riders. These fleet upgrades will play a key role in advancing SEPTA's Regional Rail Service Improvement Program."
The Regional Rail Improvement Program is an effort to address travel demand, on-time performance and service by renewing infrastructure, upgrading the rail fleet, utilizing new technologies and other initiatives.