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The first two rail cars of the all new Miami-Dade Metrorail fleet are assembled and ready for testing

MIAMI (October 24, 2016)

Seven months after the opening of the brand new Hitachi Rail Center in Medley, the Department of Transportation and Public Works (DTPW) announces that the first married pair of Metrorail cars are ready to begin testing.

The 140,000 sq. ft. Hitachi Rail facility officially opened in March of this year and created the opportunity for 100 new jobs. The assembly of the new rail cars that will replace the current fleet began shortly after the facility opened.

“Miami-Dade County is not only working with Hitachi Rail U.S.A. to deliver cleaner, safer, more reliable and convenient mobility options for our 2.7 million residents, we’re also collaborating to further diversify our economy and create new job opportunities,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez.

“Replacing our fleet with these new high-performance, modern vehicles is one of the many ways that Miami-Dade government is improving transportation in our world-class community,” added Gimenez.

These first two new rail cars will undergo a rigorous testing phase that will last approximately eight to nine months. Some aspects of the factory testing include: continuity testing to make sure the wiring is correct; compatibility testing in order to determine if the two cars correctly communicate with each other; high voltage testing to ensure all the wiring is shielded properly; and weight distribution testing to make sure the cars are balanced properly.

Once they are fully operational, the two rail cars will be placed into service. The Department anticipates to have the full fleet of new rail cars (136 total) assembled, tested, and placed into service by the end of 2019.

Aside from the modern exterior, these new trains will include convenient features for riders, such as: Free WiFi, interior bicycle racks, digital displays with media content, a high-quality audio system for announcements, digital signs that will display the name of the next station, and high-efficiency air conditioning units.

“Beyond providing clean, safe, and reliable service, we are harnessing the latest technologies to improve our services and make it easier and more enjoyable for our residents and visitors to use transit for their daily commutes,” said Alice N. Bravo, P.E., Director of DTPW.

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