US: Talgo-SYSTRA Selected to Rebuild CA Rail Cars

The Board of the Southern California Regional Rail Authority (SCRRA) has awarded the Talgo-SYSTRA joint venture a contract to rebuild up to 121 Bombardier Rail Cars operated by Metrolink for a total contract value of $138.9 millions. The base order is for 50 cars that will be increased by 71 cars if funding becomes available.

SCRRA issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) on April 2019 to overhaul numerous customer-facing enhancements that will improve the reliability and appearance of the Authority’s existing fleet of passenger cars, complying at the same time with current standards and regulations. The scope of the work includes updating the control voltage and battery system (charger and batteries), lighting, trucks, passenger communication system, remodeling restrooms, providing overhauled HVAC systems that are ecofriendly, updating door operators and controls, repainting the exterior, providing new seat cushions and coverings and installing new floor covering.

Talgo-SYSTRA is a joint venture formed to respond to the solicitation and leverages the ingenuity, resources, and past performance of these two organizations. “Our Joint Venture is confident that the unique combination of experience and capabilities will provide the best value and most reliable on-time performance on this Rebuild Project” states Talgo President & CEO, Antonio Perez.

Overhaul work will be completed at Talgo facilities in Milwaukee, with delivery of the first cars to Metrolink expected 450 days following Notice to Proceed. After the first 10 cars are received, Metrolink is planning for the delivery of batches of five cars every 90 days. The 50th car is expected to be delivered April 2023.

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