Rail

Metra seeks firm to manufacture up to 367 new railcars

Posted on February 2, 2016

Photos: Steven Vance
Photos: Steven Vance

Chicago's Metra today issued a request for proposals (RFP) for the design and production of new railcars as part of the agency’s 10-year, $2.4 billion modernization plan.  

The plan, adopted by the Metra Board of Directors in fall 2014, seeks to purchase new passenger railcars and locomotives, fund a critically needed rehabilitation program for existing railcars and locomotives, including improvements to Metra’s 49th Street Shop, and fund Metra’s costs to install a Positive Train Control (PTC) system.

The modernization plan is funded, in part, by a regular schedule of fare increases, and anticipates funding to purchase 367 new railcars. Once the vendor is selected, the estimated time to ramp up production is expected to be about 24 months, with Metra expected to take delivery of the first cars in 2018. The last time Metra received new railcars for lines other than the Metra Electric was in 2006.

“This is a major step forward as we begin the second year of our long-range rolling stock plan — the first in Metra history,” said Metra Chairman Martin J. Oberman. “Replacing and rehabilitating railcars and locomotives will help Metra to continue to provide high-quality, reliable and comfortable service to customers for years to come.”

Metra anticipates that the modernization plan will be funded by state and federal sources, $400 million in Metra borrowing and possibly new financing strategies and alternative financing mechanisms. The agency’s 2016 Budget provides funding to begin purchasing 10 new railcars. If needed state funding becomes available, under this new contract, as many as 106 new cars could be delivered between 2018 and 2019 and 261 cars additional cars could be delivered between 2020 and 2024. Another RFP for new locomotive engines is expected to be issued when funding for those engines is secured and allocated.

“With the oldest fleet of any of our peer railroads, we can’t keep kicking the can down the road when it comes to investing in our fleet,” said Metra Executive Director/CEO Don Orseno. “This purchase will reduce the fleet’s average age from 28 years to 16 years by 2024.”

A pre-proposal conference will be held on March 3, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. at the Metropolitan Chicago Healthcare Council, 222 S. Riverside Plaza, 19th Floor, Chicago, Illinois, 60606. Proposals are due June 8, 2016.  

For more information or to download the RFP, visit www.metrarail.com.

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

More News

FRA makes $73M available for rail capital projects, ops assistance

The grants are expected to leverage private, state, and local investments to boost a wide range of rail projects, including the potential for implementing PTC.

Stantec to lead $1.9 billion rail modernization project

The project will add a 9.8-mile third track and add critical capacity on Long Island Rail Road’s busiest corridor.

MTA workers spill 'secrets' of the NYC subway system

Train conductors answer questions about the safest place to sit in the railcar and whether a "sick person" is a euphemism for something else.

First Oklahoma City Streetcar delivered

Each streetcar can carry 104 passengers, and each stop will be served every 12 to 15 minutes.

Siemens, Atlanta Streetcar form techical, digital service partnership

Under the partnership, Siemens will provide technical support and materials for all preventative and corrective maintenance related to the streetcars.

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

Luxury Coach & Transportation

Please sign in or register to .    Close