CAF to supply 26 LRVs for Maryland Purple Line Project

29 June 2016  •  Author(s): Katie Sadler, Digital Content Producer, Eurotransport

In a contract worth US$200 million, rolling stock manufacturer CAF will supply 26 five-module Light Rail Vehicles (LRV) units for the Maryland Purple Line Project in the USA.

CAF to supply 26 LRVs for Maryland Purple Line Project

CAF has been selected to supply 26 five-car LRVs for the Purple Line Project located in Maryland, USA. The contract, managed by the company’s subsidiary CAF USA, Inc., includes capital spares, special tools and test equipment. In addition, CAF USA will have a 20 percent share in the company that will manage the operation and maintenance of the Light Rail System for a 30-year period.

Maryland Purple Line Project valued at US$5.6 billion

The project is a Private Public Partnership created to design, build, finance, operate and maintain the Purple Line. The development is valued at US$5.6 billion, including the construction valued at US$2 billion and is one of the largest public transit project contracts ever granted in the USA.

The Purple Line route extends from Bethesda in Montgomery County to New Carrollton in Prince George’s County. It will provide direct connections to the Washington Metro Red, Orange and Green Lines, in addition to connections to MARC and AMTRAK commuter lines and local bus routes. A total of 21 stations have been planned along the 16.2-mile route, providing safe and rapid light rail transit in Maryland.

Provides connection between Washington Metro, commuter lines and local bus routes

CAF USA will manufacture the LRVs for the Purple Line at its plant in Elmira, New York. At present, CAF is manufacturing 130 passenger cars for Amtrak and LRV units for Boston’s MBTA. It has also recently completed the delivery of LRV units for Houston Metro and Streetcars for Cincinnati, Ohio and Kansas City, Missouri.


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