Alstom to keep Atlanta rolling

The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority has awarded Alstom a contract valued at $127 million to overhaul 120 cars in its rapid transit fleet.

The Board of the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) has awarded Alstom a contract valued at $127 million (approximately 127 million Euros) to overhaul 120 cars in its existing rapid transit fleet of 248 cars.

According to Alstom, these cars were built between 1985 and 1988, and their refurbishment will extend their operating life by 15 to 20 years.

The contract also includes an option for Alstom to overhaul up to 118 additional cars for a contract value of $139 million (approximately 139 million Euros) if exercised by MARTA.

Work will be carried out at Alstom’s facilities in Hornell, New York. Deliveries are scheduled to begin at the end of 2004, at a rate of up to eight cars a month.

MARTA is the ninth largest transit system in North America, and transports an average of over half a million passengers a day.

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