Rail

L.A. Metro, railcar manufacturers discuss forging unique partnership

Posted on August 20, 2018

L.A. Metro anticipates needing more than 900 new light rail vehicles and 800-plus subway cars to meet its future needs.
L.A. Metro
 
L.A. Metro anticipates needing more than 900 new light rail vehicles and 800-plus subway cars to meet its future needs.
L.A. Metro
 

Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) CEO Phillip Washington and agency executives held a roundtable with international railcar manufacturers and consultants to discuss how transportation innovation can translate to the presence of a passenger rail manufacturing facility in L.A. County.

Among some of the ideas discussed were locating a full-scale facility where passenger railcars could be designed, manufactured, tested, and refurbished, or establishing a universal facility that would provide testing operations such as test tracks, which are in extremely limited supply in the U.S. The effort would also extend to the manufacturing suppliers around the nation. Metro and the firms also talked about a “mobility innovation park” that could be shared by several companies and perhaps focus on a variety of sectors in the transportation industry.

Metro’s Measure M sales tax measure, which was approved overwhelmingly by county voters in 2016, is funding the construction of 40 major transportation projects over the next 40 years. With the 105-mile Metro Rail network expected to roughly double in size, Metro anticipates needing more than 900 new light rail vehicles and 800-plus subway cars to meet its future needs. Metro is also seeking to operate a fully electric-powered bus fleet by 2030. But the concept would serve not only Metro’s needs, but the entire U.S. market.

“The roundtable today was just the beginning of exploring how we can innovate the presence of passenger rail car manufacturing here in LA County,” said Washington. “We’re excited about the possibilities we heard from our colleagues and I am eager to continue the conversation to see how we can think differently about the role passenger rail manufacturing plays in bringing jobs and better mobility to our region.”

View comments or post a comment on this story. (2 Comments)

More News

Alstom debuts world's first hydrogen train entering passenger service

The zero-emission Coradia iLint, which debuted in Lower Saxony, Germany, can reach up to 140 km/h (90 mph).

WMATA announces contracting opportunity for Silver Line extension

Under the agency's plan to "Keep Metro Safe, Reliable and Affordable," the use of competitive contracting is recommended as a way to control operating and maintenance costs

Amtrak Pacifc Surfliner, MLB team up for rail safety awareness

Partners with San Diego Padres, Los Angeles Angels and California Operation Lifesaver to highlight the importance of safety around train tracks.

Zmudzinski to lead national rail systems at WSP

Will lead the firm’s transit and rail systems engineering team and support business development across the U.S.

4 teams submit design-build bids for Foothill Gold Line light rail project

Includes technical approach to completing the design and construction of the project, their management method, and financial bid.

See More News

Post a Comment

Post Comment

Comments (2)

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