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Northern Indiana agency contracts Sumitomo/Nippon Sharyo to supply 14 commuter-rail cars


The Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District recently awarded a $48 million contract to Sumitomo Corp. of America and its partner, Nippon Sharyo Ltd., to build 14 gallery-type electrical multiple unit (EMU) commuter-rail cars.

The cars will be similar to 26 EMUs Sumitomo and Nippon Sharyo built for the Northeast Illinois Regional Commuter Railroad Corp. in 2005 and 2006. Accommodating up to 140 passengers, the vehicles will replace the agency’s older, single-level passenger cars.

The contract includes an option to purchase up to six additional cars. The vehicles are scheduled to be delivered between December 2008 and March 2009.