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USA: Maryland Transit Administration to Overhaul Commuter Cars

Image courtesy of Bombardier Transportation
Image courtesy of Bombardier Transportation

Bombardier have won a $36.8million contract from the Maryland Transit Authority to overhaul 63 of the city’s MARC III bi-level commuter rail cars.

MTA Administrator and CEO Paul Comfort said:

“MTA’s MARC train plays a vital role in connecting people from all parts of Maryland to jobs in our nation’s capital every weekday, and our popular weekend Penn Line service between Baltimore and Washington continues to grow. MTA is committed to providing safe, efficient and reliable transit with world-class customer service. Overhauling our MARC III cars is a cost-effective way to improve the safety and reliability of our fleet so we can deliver on those goals to the thousands of commuters, businesses and tourists that depend on MARC Train service every day.”

The MARC IIIs run on three commuter lines in Maryland – the Penn Line, which operates on Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor from Perryville to Union Station in Washington, D.C., the Camden line, which runs from Camden Station to Union Station, and the Brunswic Line, which runs from Martinsburg, W.Va., to Union Station. The three lines collectively transport 37,500 passengers per day. The MARC IIIs have been in operation for almost 17 years, making it high time they were upgraded.

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Raymond Bachant, president, Americas Division, Bombardier Transportation said:

“Our relationship with the MTA illustrates how a full-service provider can support the wide ranging needs of a vibrant transit system. We can deliver new rolling stock, provide fleet maintenance and operations, and refurbish existing equipment to help transit systems get the most value out of their capital investments while providing high levels of safety and comfort for their passengers.”

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