Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) has awarded Hyundai-Rotem a USD 278.5 million contract for the delivery of 80 new double-deck coaches.
They will replace the single deck cars on Boston commuter railway network, which will increase the capacity by more than 14,000 seats per day.
The first of 80 cars are anticipated to be delivered in September 2022 and the last expected in June 2024.
In addition to these 80 coaches, the release of a Request for Proposals for additional double-deck coaches is anticipated for November 2019 with an award of procurement of up to 100 coaches, and additional option expected for November 2020. The delivery of the first of the 100 coaches is expected in July 2024 and the last in June 2027.
Under the project, a USD 41 million contract was signed with WSP USA Inc for engineering and programme management services, performed in cooperation with Keville Enterprises and VP Engineering.
The total cost of this vehicle procurement is USD 278.6 million, with a total project budget which includes professional services, force account, project administration, and others, valuated at USD 345.18 million.
The new coaches include upgrades and improvements such as LED lighting and the integration of positive train control. They are compatible with the current fleet and infrastructure.
The Hyundai-Rotem cars will support the South Coast Rail’s system expansion service on the Stoughton Line to the New Bedford and Fall River lines, connecting more communities, including Easton and Raynham, to Boston. Phase 1, which will extend the Middleborough/Lakeville Line west, and create the New Bedford and Fall River lines will restore service to the region by the end of 2023.