Rail

Metra awards contract to 'modernize' railcar fleet

Posted on February 18, 2015

Douglas Rahden
Douglas Rahden

The Chicago Metra board of directors approved one of the first components of the agency’s ambitious plan to modernize its rolling stock, authorizing a $91.1 million contract to rehabilitate 41 locomotives.

The contract to renovate to engines to “like new” condition was awarded to Progress Rail Services Corp. of Patterson, Ga. The work covers 41 EMD Model F40PH-2 and F40PHM-2 locomotives that were originally built between 1989 and 1992.

The $2.4 billion, 10-year modernization plan, announced last fall, is the first long-term rolling stock plan in Metra history. It calls for renovating 455 cars and 85 locomotives, including the 41 in this contract, and purchasing 367 new cars and 52 new locomotives, which will renew a fleet where more than 40% of the cars date from the Eisenhower administration to the Reagan administration.

The plan also will cover Metra’s costs to install the federally mandated positive train control (PTC) safety system.

The rehabilitated locomotives will feature a new high-voltage cabinet with a microprocessor control system; remanufactured engines upgraded to U.S. EPA Tier 0+ emissions standards; new and reconditioned accessories; car body corrosion repair and new paint; rebuilt electrical rotating equipment; rebuilt trucks with new wheels; and Positive Train Control components.

View comments or post a comment on this story. (0 Comments)

More News

Report suggests merging LIRR, NJ Transit, and Metro-North

The "Trans-Regional Express," or "T-REX," would connect the systems to greatly cut travel times and increase capacity on rail lines that will only see more strain as the area's population grows.

Retlif Testing Laboratories celebrating 40 years

A globally recognized testing industry leader, the company expanded from humble beginnings at Flowerfield (St. James, N.Y.) to multiple locations, including its state-of-the-industry HQ and testing facility in Ronkonkoma, N.Y

Gannett Fleming/WSP JV to manage N.C. light rail construction

The 17.7-mile light -rail system will have 18 stations between UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill and North Carolina Central University in Durham.

Stadler lands Slovenian train order

The contract for the fleet capable of mixed traction consists of the engineering, construction, and delivery of the 26 vehicles, including warranty coverage, as well as an option for 26 additional vehicles.

MARTA, Caltrain, SamTrans receive APTA sustainability awards

The agencies were recognized for water conservation practices, renewable electricity usage, and emissions reduction.

See More News

Post a Comment

Post Comment

Comments (0)

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher

Automotive Fleet

The Car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine

Business Fleet

managing 10-50 company vehicles

Fleet Financials

Executive vehicle management

Government Fleet

managing public sector vehicles & equipment

TruckingInfo.com

THE COMMERCIAL TRUCK INDUSTRY’S MOST IN-DEPTH INFORMATION SOURCE

Work Truck Magazine

The number 1 resource for vocational truck fleets

Schoolbus Fleet

Serving school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada

LCT Magazine

Global Resource For Limousine and Bus Transportation

Please sign in or register to .    Close