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10/11/2004



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North Carolina's Triangle Transit Authority selects United Transit Systems to build DMUs


North Carolina’s Triangle Transit Authority (TTA) recently selected United Transit Systems (UTS) to supply up to 32 diesel multiple unit (DMU) passenger cars for the authority’s regional transit system. The contract — which could be valued at $90.1 million — is expected to be approved by TTA’s board later this month.

A consortium comprising Tokyo’s Sojitz Corp. of America and Korea’s Rotem Co., UTS would manufacture car shells at Rotem’s Korean plants and perform final assembly at the supplier’s Philadelphia facility. Colorado Railcar Inc. would supply propulsion systems for the self-propelled DMUs, which are designed to operate in existing rail corridors.

TTA would operate the vehicles on its 28-mile, 12 station commuter-rail line between Durham, and Research Triangle Park, Cary and Raleigh, that’s scheduled to open in 2008.


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