The new LRVs will be used by Metro for a number of projects, including the Expo Phase II to Santa Monica, the Foothill Extension, and the Crenshaw/LAX Line. The contract will also provide Metro the means to replace up to 69 aging cars on the Los Angeles to Long Beach Blue Line which has suffered significant delays in the past partly due to deferred maintenance.
Part of the contract is that the federal and local tax revenue that will pay for the LRVs will help create jobs in California. In July 2013, the Metro Board of Directors approved two of the four options with Kinkisharyo International for an additional 97 new LRVs at a cost of $400 million. This triggered a provision which requires the supplier to establish a factory in LA County. In addition, Kinkisharyo is moving their U.S. corporate headquarters from Boston to El Segundo, CA.
Two LRVs are to be delivered in Metro’s pilot progam by October 2014, the next 76 will be delivered starting in May 2015 through February 2017. Delivery of the 97 LRVs to be built in Palmdale is expected to begin March 2017.
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