State Buying Sixty New Metro-North Rail Cars

(CBS Connecticut) — State officials today announced they are buying more railroad cars for Metro-North.

Governor Dannel Malloy says sixty rail cars are being purchased, including new bar cars.

The M-8 cars are the same type the state has been purchasing from Kawasaki in recent years.

They will incorporate minor upgrades made in the existing cars, like the addition of electrical outlets and bike racks.

The purchase will cost about $300-million.  The state will contribute about $200-million of that amount.

The governor says ridership has grown faster than expected since 2010, and there is a need for more cars.

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