The new R179 cars will be built at Bombardier's Plattsburgh, New York, manufacturing facility and will be powered by Bombardier Mitrac propulsion equipment and fitted with Mitrac train control and management systems. The propulsion and control equipment will be supplied by Bombardier's propulsion and control facility in Pittsburgh.

Delivery of 10 pilot cars is scheduled for the third quarter of 2014, with the remaining cars set for delivery between mid-2015 and early 2017.