Capitol Corridor Applauds Partnership to Build 130 Railcars & Boost U.S. Economy

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Northern California Passenger Rail Service to Receive
10 Assembled-in-America Rail Cars & Locomotives

OAKLAND, CALIF., October 2, 2012 —The Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority (CCJPA) is pleased to benefit from a four state railcar procurement partnership aimed to address the demand for more passenger rail cars and boost the US economy. According to a September 26 California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) news release, the departments of transportation from California, Illinois, Michigan and Missouri issued a Notice of Intent to Award to Sumitomo Corporation of America to design, build, and deliver 130 bi-level passenger railcars. These new state-of-the art passenger rail cars will be used in regional intercity rail corridors in California and the Midwest. Delivery will begin in 2015 with final delivery expected by early 2018.

“Of the 42 new assembled in the US rail cars assigned to California, we expect 10 rail cars will be assigned to the Capitol Corridor,” Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority Chair Jim Spering said. “The action taken by this multi-state partnership will create more jobs in America and help the Capitol Corridor accommodate more passengers and increase service efficiency.”

The Notice of Intent to Award does not signify that a contract has been awarded but that a potential vendor has been identified.