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First two new Hitachi rail cars arrived at Miami-Dade Transit's Lehman Center for second phase of testing

MIAMI (March 29, 2017)

The Department of Transportation and Public Works (DTPW) welcomed the first two new rail cars of the all new Miami-Dade Transit fleet to the Lehman Center for further testing on Tuesday morning. The first phase of testing was conducted at the Hitachi Rail Facility in Medley where the vehicles were constructed. Now, the married pair will undergo more in-depth testing at Miami-Dade's own test track facility.

“We’re continuing to make great strides with transportation in Miami-Dade,” said 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.”

These are the first of six pilot vehicles, with the other four being delivered in the summer.

In October of 2016, the first two assembled rail cars began a rigorous testing process that included: 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.

While at Lehman Center, the vehicles will now undergo a new set of qualification testing to make sure they are compatible with the infrastructure of our existing system. This includes: testing of the braking and propulsion systems; wayside integration; coupling and uncoupling; and WiFi. System level tests for ride quality, electromagnetic interference, rail and station interface, and noise and vibration will also be performed.

“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.”

Once they are fully operational, the first two rail cars will be placed into service in 2017. The additional vehicles are currently being assembled and will begin to be delivered to Lehman in the summer. They will continuously be placed into service throughout 2018. 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.

Download the free Miami-Dade Transit Tracker app by visiting www.miamidade.gov/transit/transit-tracker-app and start planning for your next trip today. Also available from DTPW is the EASY Pay app – turn your smartphone into a mobile ticket and just scan to ride. Visit www.miamidade.gov/transit/easy-pay for more information. Don’t forget, riders can now also pay for parking via their mobile devices with the PayByPhone cashless app.

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