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The high figure is based on a scenario in which the general excise tax surcharge for the rail gets extended another 10 years at the same 0.5% rate.
Plan includes a train reliability program that cuts railcar delays by first retiring the oldest (1000-series) and least reliable (4000-series) cars in the fleet by the end of 2017.
During this phase of the project, the trains will undergo various tests, including dynamic testing at speeds of approximately 50 mph up to approximately 62 mph.
Supporters say ridership on the 3.8-mile service could reach 6,000 people per day.
The combination creates one of the world's largest public rail equipment companies, with revenues of about $4.2 billion and a presence in all key transit and freight rail markets worldwide.
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