Maryland board approves $400 million purchase for new Baltimore subway cars

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BALTIMORE — The Maryland Board of Public Works has approved a $400.5-million contract to purchase new subway cars for Baltimore’s Metro SubwayLink system. The contract calls for the replacement of 78 railcars and an enhanced train control safety system, the Maryland Transit Administration announced.

Hitachi Ansaldo Baltimore Rail Partners is the contract recipient.

According to the agency, the current SubwayLink fleet entered service in 1983 and it’s becoming increasingly difficult for mechanical staff to find spare parts for the subway cars.

Some of the upgrades planned for the new fleet include LED lighting, air conditioning refrigerant, real-time travel information, modern passenger car interiors, on board cameras, bicycle tie-down areas, among other modern amenities.

In addition to new subway cars, the agency is also revamping its operations with a new communications-based train control system, a technology that will help automate and increase the efficiency of transit operations.

Baltimore’s Metro SubwayLink system is a 15.4-mile system featuring a mix of underground, elevated, and at-grade infrastructure. The system serves 14 stations in downtown Baltimore and the surrounding suburban region.

The agency has not yet indicated when the subway cars will enter service.

See the news release online.

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