Monday, February 28, 2011

Rail Cars from Utah

Metro has announced that it has made a deal with the Utah Transit Authority to purchase 19 rail cars for the Main Street Line.  Come late in 2012 the first rail car should be delivered.  The rail cars will help deal with the capacity levels Metro experiences during rush hour on the main line and help with large events such as the rodeo, sporting events and other downtown events.   

After the situation with CAF and the Spanish rail cars this comes as welcome news.  According to the Chronicle, Metro will be able to use "$64 million in federal stimulus funds to offset most of the $83 million cost of the cars".  When you add in the 14 million that Metro received in their settlement with CAF that puts the cost of the rail cars at $5 million.  Not bad for 19 rail cars. 

Official release HERE story HERE

Happy Monday, y'all.

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