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AnsaldoBreda Win $300 Million Miami Metro Tender for Second Time

Finmeccanica company, AnsaldoBreda has been awarded a $300 million tender to supply Miami Metro with 136 new metro cars after it’s previous accepted tender in 2011 was delayed by legal disputes.

In 2011, a selection committee chose AnsaldoBreda as preferred bidder for the contract to replace Miami Metro’s existing train fleet which have been in service since the opening of the Miami Metrorail network in the early 1980’s. The delay in the process arose when CAF filed a lawsuit claiming Miami-Dade County Commission had breached federal procurement law by favouring AnsaldoBreda because it would assemble the trains locally. The court evidentially ruled against CAF but the Federal Transit Administration upheld the complaint resulting in the tender process restarting without attributing value to local assembly.

AnsaldoBreda’s CEO Maurizo Manfellotto said of the second contract win “This further success for AnsaldoBreda shows how our worldwide re-positioning program is achieving the expected results. We are increasingly able to offer innovative products both in terms of technology and quality, maintaining a high level of competitiveness. On this occasion we have taken the lead over our French and Spanish qualified competitors in the US market where we have been present for many years”.

AnsaldoBreda Low Energy Consumption LED LIghts for Metro Vehicles

The contract comprises of the development of six prototypes and 130 series carriages. The new vehicles will be state of the art and all will be equipped with low-energy consumption LED lighting, CCTV security systems, with a Wi-Fi connection for passengers along with bicycle racks. The components for the new metro vehicles are going to be produced in Italy at AnsaldoBreda’s facilities but assembled in Miami-Dade county in a purpose built plant. All the vehicles will be fully compliant to the specific Florida and US requirements and standards.

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