Saturday, September 28, 2013
Kawasaki Heavy Nabs Another Rail Car Order From Washington
TOKYO (Nikkei)--Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd. (7012) has received an unofficial order for additional rail cars for the subway system of Washington, D.C.
The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) is set to place an order worth 387 million dollars, or roughly 38 billion yen, for 220 series 7000 rail cars to be delivered starting in 2017. The official contract will be signed next year.
Kawasaki Heavy has won similar orders for series 7000 cars from the WMATA since 2010, with the newest contract bringing the total value to 1.45 billion dollars.
The series 7000 is a state-of-the-art model made with a durable, stainless steel body. Kawasaki Heavy will manufacture and test the rail cars at its factory in Lincoln, Nebraska.
The WMATA will use the cars to replace some of its aging fleet and add capacity for the planned subway line extension to Dulles International Airport.
(The Nikkei, Sept. 28 morning edition)