MotivePower awarded $93 million

Wabtec’s MotivePower subsidiary has been awarded a contract by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s New York City Transit to build 28 new work train locomotives for $93 million. The contract includes an option for 10 more locomotives for an additional $29 million, or a total of $122 million.

The locomotives will be built at MotivePower’s Boise, Idaho facility, with work scheduled to begin on a prototype in 2006 and deliveries scheduled between 2007 and 2009. The locomotives will contain a number of components produced by other Wabtec subsidiaries, including braking equipment, radiators and microprocessor controls.

The new locomotives will be used for work trains, which haul equipment and work crews throughout the New York City subway system. They will be specially designed to meet crew safety, low-clearance and weight requirements, will have control cabs at both ends and will be equipped with an AC propulsion system similar to what is used on New York City Transit’s newest subway cars.

New York City Transit operates the largest fleet of subway cars and buses in the world, and carries more than seven million people daily.