During the October 26, 2017 regular meeting, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority ( Metro) Board exercised the option to have Talgo overhaul the remaining 36 of the 74 heavy rail vehicles (HRV's) for an amount of $18.3 million.
Metro awarded a contract to Talgo for a total value of $72.9 for the overhaul of 74 A650 HRV’s in September 2016. The contract included a base order of 38 cars and an option for 36 additional cars. The goal of the overhaul work is to improve the performance of the Metro Red Line A650 HRV’s by replacing and/or overhauling critical Vehicle systems and subsystems.
"Today's decison enables Talgo to expand its production base and provides Metro with economies of scale for the rest of the A650 fleet", stated Talgo’s U.S. subsidiary CEO Antonio Perez.
Talgo ramped up work when the first vehicle from Metro arrived to our Milwaukee facility on June 15, 2017. Talgo is currently in the Engineering phase of the project, and production will start on April 2018. "Talgo's team is working diligently and in close coordination with Metro to ensure that we meet their expectations and increase the safety, availability and reliability of Metro's’s Red Line Fleet” said Project Manager Ferran Canals.