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Department of Transportation Announces $631 Million to Support American Railcar Manufacturing

Department of Transportation Announces $631 Million to Support American Railcar Manufacturing

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) recently announced $631 million in grants to improve rail transit safety and reliability for passengers through the purchase of new American-made rail cars. The grants announced through FTA’s Rail Vehicle Replacement Program will help transit agencies in Chicago, Philadelphia, and Baltimore replace older vehicles with 300 new railcars, making transit safer, opening new opportunities for people with disabilities, and modernizing their transit systems. 

The selected Rail Vehicle Replacement Program projects are:   

Chicago, IL: The Commuter Rail Division of the Regional Transportation Authority (METRA) will receive $100 million to buy 50 modern, multi-level railcars that will feature new passenger safety, accessibility, and rider comfort amenities to replace older railcars that have been in service for more than 40 years. 

Baltimore, MD: The Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Transit Administration (MDOT MTA) will receive approximately $214 million to buy 52 new light rail vehicles to replace older vehicles that have been in service for more than 25 years. 

Philadelphia, PA: The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) will receive approximately $317 million to buy up to 200 new rail cars to replace older rail cars that have been in service for nearly 25 years, operating along the Market Frankford Line, the most heavily used line in SEPTA’s system. 

For additional information, visit: https://www.transportation.gov/briefing-room/biden-harris-administration-announces-nearly-631-million-grants-help-transit-agencies

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