NFTA Transporter

Friday, March 9, 2012

New Rail Cars Roll Out

Rebuilt Metro Rail Cars 114 and 123 carried their first passengers Friday, March 9. The special guests included contest winners from the community, Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown and Giancarlo Fantappiè, President and CEO of AnsaldoBreda, the company reconstructing the vehicles.

Henry M. Sloma, NFTA acting Chairman commented, “We are fully committed to providing our customers with the safest and most modern rail cars possible. These rebuilt vehicles accomplish that goal and our investment will add
25-years to the life of each car.”

Eunice A. Lewin, Chairwoman of the NFTA’s Surface Transportation Committee said, “I am definitely very pleased that our beautiful new cars are operating and serving our customers. We can now move forward with plans to provide our over 6 million annual rail customers with one of the most modern light rail systems in the nation.”

A third rebuilt rail car is expected to be delivered in approximately seven months and will be required to undergo testing and 600 miles of commissioning, which is expected to take three to four months. There will be four rail cars in the rebuild cycle, starting a process whereby one completed car will be sent to Buffalo with Metro sending an additional car to Dansville until all remaining 25 cars are rebuilt. All cars are required to be completed within 36 months from the date of accepting the first two.