LOS Angeles Metro has received the first of its new fleet of HR4000 trains built by CRRC and assembled at the Chinese supplier’s plant in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Los Angeles Metro placed an order for 64 metro cars in March 2017. LA Metro told IRJ that they expect the new trains to begin to enter service within the next six to eight months on the B (Red) and D (Purple) lines as well as the Purple Line extension to downtown Beverly Hills and Century City, which is expected to be completed by 2027.

The new cars will form either four or six-car sets and have a maximum operating speed of 113km/h. Each car has capacity for 41 seated passengers and 246 in total and the CRRC trains feature full-width gangways.

Bodyshells for the new fleet were fabricated by CRRC Changchun Railway Vehicles in China. CRRC Times Electric USA, which is based in Naperville, Illinois, supplied electrical systems. 

The contract with CRRC includes options for an additional 218 cars, which could take the total value of the deal to $US 647m if all options are exercised.

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