Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) officials today joined executives from China Railway Rolling Stock Corporation Ltd. (CRRC) in a signing ceremony at the Union Station Metro Red Line Station to launch a $178 million, 64 rail car purchase.
Coupled with up to five options to buy additional subway cars, the total value of the contract is 282 cars for $647 million.
Of the 64 HR 4000 rail vehicles to be delivered, 30 will be used to replace existing Metro Red and Purple Line trains now traveling between downtown Los Angeles, Mid-Wilshire District and North Hollywood. The remaining 34 rail cars will be used for the Metro Purple Line’s first four-mile extension from the Mid-Wilshire District to Beverly Hills when the line officially opens in 2023.
“Today is another milestone day in our efforts to make Los Angeles the transit capital of the world,” said John Fasana, Metro Board Chair and Mayor Pro Tem of the city of Duarte. “I’d like to thank China Railway Rolling Stock Corporation for building the train cars we critically need to provide fast, reliable, frequent and high-capacity subway service to more L.A. County residents.”
The rail car manufacturer has committed to delivering the first pilot rail vehicle by the spring of 2020, and the entire base order of 64 subway cars by September 2021.
The contract is funded by a combination of local and federal sources, including a percentage of Measure R sales tax revenues.