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Governor Rell Takes New M-8 Rail Cars for Test Run

Governor Rell Takes New M-8 Rail Cars for Test Run

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Department of Transportation
Governor Rell Takes New M-8 Rail Cars for Test Run
FOR RELEASE: November 15, 2010FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONSTELEPHONE: (860) 594-3062FAX: (860) 594-3065WEB SITE:www.ct.gov/dot 
Governor Rell Takes New M-8 Rail Cars for Test Run
 Delivering on a promise she made to Connecticut commuters shortly after taking office,Governor M. Jodi Rell today boarded the first set of new M-8 rail cars for a test run. Accompaniedby officials from the Department of Transportation, the Governor traveled from New Haven’sUnion Station to Fairfield for some first-hand testing of the M-8 rail cars, which are to beginentering regular service next month.The Governor highlighted the testing with the announcement that the state would beincreasing its order for M-8s from 300 units to 342 units, with the additional cars to be paid forwith funds already set aside for such purposes.“Five years ago I laid out a vision for remaking Connecticut’s commuter rail system,” Governor Rell said at a trackside ceremony before the on-board testing began. “The centerpieceof that proposal was a new fleet of rail cars for Metro-North’s New Haven Line – one of the busiestcommuter lines in the world. Since the first M-8s arrived last Christmas, much has been done toready these cars for New Haven Line service. For commuters, the wait is nearly over.“For many years, our commuters have traveled in cars dating to the mid-70s,” theGovernor said. “These older cars have traveled many miles supporting millions of commuters –but it is clearly time for a new fleet. Soon more than 300 of these M-8s, bright in their red andsteel colors, will cruise the New Haven Line.” To date, the state has received 22 M-8s. The cars are undergoing extensive testing in theNew Haven Rail Yard as well as on runs between New Haven and New York. Testing began in lateDecember 2009, when the first M-8 cars arrived, and has been on-going with engineers from thecar builder, Kawasaki Rail Car Inc. of Japan, and the entire project team working virtually aroundthe clock.“The Department and Metro-North Railroad are aggressively working to place a set of M-8rail cars in regularly scheduled train service in December,” said DOT Commissioner Jeffrey A.Parker. “The M-8 rail car is the most complex rail car in the United States, utilizing both DC-thirdrail and AC-overhead catenary propulsion systems. Getting the M-8s ready has been challenging,but has placed Connecticut’s rail fleet in the forefront of the commuter rail industry.” 
ConnDOT: Governor Rell Takes New M-8 Rail Cars for Test Runhttp://www.ct.gov/dot/cwp/view.asp?A=1373&Q=468774&pp...1 of 212/1/10 12:03 PM

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