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2/28/2003



Rail News: Passenger Rail

MARTA, ALSTOM reach car rehabilitation agreement


Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) and ALSTOM Transport recently signed an agreement under which ALSTOM will overhaul 238 MARTA passenger cars.



The $266 million contract is the largest ever awarded by MARTA, according to a prepared statement. ALSTOM plans to refurbish CQ310 and CQ311 cars at its Hornell, NY plant. Deliveries are scheduled to begin at the end of 2004, at a rate of up to eight per month.



"MARTA is a mature system and our infrastructure is aging," said MARTA General Manager and Chief Executive Officer Nathaniel Ford Sr. "The rail-car rehabilitation project will give new life of up to 20 years to our rolling stock."


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