Southern California Regional Rail Authority awarded Talgo-Systra JV a USD 138.9 million contract to rebuild up to 121 Bombardier rail cars which are operated by Metrolink, in Southern California. The base order is for 50 cars and it will be increased by 71 cars if funding becomes available.
The scope of the work includes updating the control voltage and battery system (charger and batteries), lighting, trucks, passenger communication system, remodeling restrooms, providing overhauled HVAC systems that are ecofriendly, updating door operators and controls, repainting the exterior, providing new seat cushions and coverings and installing new floor covering.
“Our Joint Venture is confident that the unique combination of experience and capabilities will provide the best value and most reliable on-time performance on this rebuild project,” Talgo President, Antonio Perez, said.
Overhaul work will be completed at Talgo facilities in Milwaukee (state of Wisconsin), with delivery of the first cars to Metrolink expected 450 days following notice to proceed. After the first 10 cars are received, Metrolink is planning for the delivery of batches of five cars every 90 days. The 50th car is expected to be delivered April 2023.
In April 2019, the authority issued a Request for Proposals to overhaul numerous customer-facing enhancements that will improve the reliability and appearance of the existing fleet of passenger cars, complying at the same time with current standards and regulations.