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The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) has chosen an STV-WSP USA joint venture to serve as its consultant on an acquisition of new heavy-rail vehicles and associated equipment. The team will support the agency with project control, management and oversight of the rail vehicle contractor, STV officials said in a press release.Earlier this year, Metro placed an order for up to 282 cars with China Railway Rolling Sock Corp. The base order is for 64 new cars, with five options to order an additional 218 heavy-rail vehicles. The STV-WSP team's service scope includes schedule analysis, consultant budget control, engineering support and warranty program implementation support. The joint venture also will perform a final configuration audit and safety certification, and develop a reliability demonstration test program.The new rail cars will replace existing units traveling on Metro's Red and Purple lines. Metro also has earmarked 34 new units for its Purple Line extension from the Mid-Wilshire District to Beverly Hills.