Rail

Miami-Dade places first new train in 30-plus years into service

Posted on December 5, 2017

This is the first four-car train of 136 cars, delivered by Hitachi Rail Italy, that will make up the new Metrorail fleet.
This is the first four-car train of 136 cars, delivered by Hitachi Rail Italy, that will make up the new Metrorail fleet.
For the first time since the Metrorail system opened its doors to passengers back in 1984, the Miami-Dade County, Fla.'s Department of Transportation and Public Works (DTPW) placed its first new train into service on Nov. 30, 2017 — ushering in a new era of modern, high-tech trains manufactured by Hitachi Rail Italy that will improve both service reliability and overall riding experience.

Funded by approximately $313.8 Million in surtax funds from People’s Transportation Plan, this is the first four-car train of 136 cars that will make up the new Metrorail fleet, which will greatly improve the quality of service of the Metrorail system. The replacement of the Metrorail fleet is being expedited and Hitachi Rail has increased the number of crews performing testing.

Each new rail car features:

  •    Automated announcements with upgraded sound
  •     Digital signs displaying the name of the next station
  •     Four digital monitors for extensive media content
  •     High capacity, high-speed Wi-Fi (252 passengers can surf the web while on board)
  •     Interior bicycle racks
  •     Security cameras
  •     Energy efficient LED lighting
DTPW Director Alice N. Bravo, (fourth from left) attended the ribbon-cutting event for the new railcars.
DTPW Director Alice N. Bravo, (fourth from left) attended the ribbon-cutting event for the new railcars.

“Thanks to Hitachi Rail, the Citizens’ Independent Transportation Trust, and DTPW staff, we were able to place the first Metrorail train into service just 20 months after assembly began," said DTPW Director Alice N. Bravo, PE. "Moving forward, as new Metrorail trains are phased in, riders will begin to see improvements in service and enjoy a more comfortable ride."

By July 2018, DTPW anticipates to have half of the cars needed to operate at peak levels replaced. By the end of 2019, DTPW will have all the new rail cars needed for peak-revenue service.


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

More News

FRA makes $318M available for capital projects

This NOFO will assist in funding projects that improve intercity passenger and freight rail transportation safety, efficiency, and reliability.

HyperloopTT signs agreement to develop system in China

Will work in partnership with the government of Tongren, located in eastern Guizhou province, in defining the route for the system.

Metra to open railcar procurement to alternative car designs

Agency received only one response to its initial RFP for new bi-level gallery cars.

Tunnel boring work set to begin for L.A. Metro rail extension

STV is serving as the engineer-of-record and principal design firm for the 2.6-mile-long Purple Line extension.

640K New Yorkers have no accessible rail station nearby, report says

Roughly half of the neighborhoods served by the NYC subway system – 62 out of 122 – lack a single accessible station.

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