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The Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) has awarded a $400.5 million contract to Hitachi Ansaldo Baltimore Rail Partners LLC to provide 78 new subway cars and a communications-based train control (CBTC) system. Each bi-directional vehicle has a total seating capacity of 196 passengers. In addition, all interiors, seat layouts, arrangements of accessories, and heating and lighting systems are designed to meet the requirements for access, travel and movement under the Americans with Disabilities Act. The car heads will be made of fiberglass. The fleet will be assembled at Hitachi Rail's facility in Miami, where the company is manufacturing rail cars for Miami-Dade Transit. The first trainset for MTA is slated to enter revenue service in 2021.For its part, Ansaldo STS will integrate the new CBTC system into the agency's 15.5-mile subway line."This landmark contract builds on the strong presence Ansaldo STS has in North America and represents our commitment to the improvement of MTA's transit system," said Ansaldo General Manager and Chief Executive Officer Andy Barr.Hitachi Ansaldo Baltimore Rail Partners is a combination of Hitachi Rail Italy SpA and Ansaldo STS USA Inc.