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6/18/2004



Rail News: Passenger Rail

N.Y./N.J. port authority issues RFP for $809 million car replacement program



Yesterday, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) announced it will invest $809 million to replace or rehabilitate Port Authority Trans-Hudson’s (PATH) entire passenger-car fleet — the authority’s largest-ever capital expenditure for PATH, according to a prepared statement.

PANYNJ is seeking proposals for designing and manufacturing 246 cars, and replacing or rehabilitating 94 cars. The new cars will feature improved lighting, air conditioning and heating, cantilevered seats with underneath storage room, pre-recorded station announcements, improved signage, and three doors on each side to accommodate faster loading and unloading.

The authority will award the contract late this year. Delivery of the first new cars is scheduled for late 2008 or early 2009. PANYNJ plans to replace or rehabilitate PATH’s entire fleet by 2011.

The RFP also includes contracts for maintaining cars, renovating a maintenance facility and conducting preliminary work on a new signal system.


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