The total value of the order is expected to be around $US 240m and a request for proposals will be issued in December, with the first trains scheduled for delivery in 2018.

MBTA says the introduction of DMUs on the Fairmount Line will enable the operation of higher frequencies than the current locomotive-hauled services, and the new trains will also allow a weekend service to be launched.

Earlier this week Patrick announced that CNR has been selected for a contract to supply new metro trains for the MBTA Red and Orange lines.