Rail

Hitachi Rail USA opens Miami manufacturing facility

Posted on March 18, 2016

Cutting the ribbon at the Opening Ceremony: (from left to right) Maurizio Manfellotto, CEO, Hitachi Rail Italy; Kentaro Masai, COO, Hitachi Rail Global; Honorable Daniella Levine Cava, Board of County Commissioners, District 8; Honorable Gloria Bellelli, consul general, Italian Republic, Mayor of Medley, Fl.; Carlos A. Gimenez, Mayor, Miami-Dade County; Giampaolo Nuonno, CEO, Hitachi Rail USA; Charles Scurr, executive director, Citizens Independent Transportation Trust; Alice N. Bravo, PE, director, Department of Transportation and Public Works.
Cutting the ribbon at the Opening Ceremony: (from left to right) Maurizio Manfellotto, CEO, Hitachi Rail Italy; Kentaro Masai, COO, Hitachi Rail Global; Honorable Daniella Levine Cava, Board of County Commissioners, District 8; Honorable Gloria Bellelli, consul general, Italian Republic, Mayor of Medley, Fl.; Carlos A. Gimenez, Mayor, Miami-Dade County; Giampaolo Nuonno, CEO, Hitachi Rail USA; Charles Scurr, executive director, Citizens Independent Transportation Trust; Alice N. Bravo, PE, director, Department of Transportation and Public Works.

Hitachi Rail USA, the American subsidiary of Hitachi Rail Italy, announced the completion of a manufacturing facility for Miami-Dade County’s Department of Transportation and Public Works’ new Metrorail vehicles.

The 140,400 square-feet plant, located in Medley, Fla., will manufacture 136 cars and 272 motor bogies (it is the structural subassembly, which is accommodating wheels, axles, motor and gear box) needed to replace the County’s Metrorail fleet. The Miami-Dade Department of Transportation and Public Works contracted the production to Hitachi Rail. The plant was completed in approximately six months and received the Certificate of Occupancy the first week of January 2016.

The assembly of the Metrorail vehicles begins this March, and the first completed vehicles will begin the qualification-testing phase by the end of the year. The first new Metrorail vehicles will be put into service in late 2017, after completing the testing phase. The production of the new Metrorail vehicles will last until the first half of 2019.

The construction of this new Hitachi production site involved more than 50 sub-contractors and suppliers, principally based in Miami-Dade County or in South Florida, and required the development of almost 50,000 man-hours of construction.

“This is the first facility that Hitachi Rail is opening in the United States, and we’re excited that the company has chosen to invest in our world-class community,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez. “The opening of this production facility is projected to create 100 jobs in Miami-Dade County and many local subcontracts. We look forward to working with Hitachi to put our residents to work, further diversify our economy, and deliver cleaner, safer, more reliable and convenient mobility options to our 2.6 million residents.”

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

More News

Metra to install suicide prevention signs

The signs will be developed and finalized as part of a Mental Health Awareness Symposium to be hosted by Metra in September to coincide with National Suicide Awareness Month.

Accident, no shows plague commute for LIRR, NJ Transit passengers

Some NJ TRANSIT trains have been canceled this week because engineers are choosing not to work under the terms of their contract amid the summer-long repair work at Penn Station.

Mayor says Miami-Dade can't afford to build more rail lines

Mayor Carlos Gimenez’s $534 million proposal for rapid-bus routes would indefinitely defer the Metrorail expansion promised voters in 2002 during a referendum for a half-percent transportation tax.

FTA, Maryland Transit Administration appeal judge's Purple Line decision

Ruling called for an additional environmental study of the light rail line, despite the fact the project had already been studied and signed-off on by the feds. 

Breakdowns, staffing part of growing Miami Metrorail safety concerns

When state inspectors visited Miami-Dade in late 2016, they concluded the county needed 84 working Metrorail cars a day but that mechanical problems left only 72 that could be deployed for service. State inspectors returned in late June and found Miami-Dade’s daily goal was to have only 60 Metrorail cars in service.

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