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Chinese company to build rail cars for Los Angeles metro

CRRCLos Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LA Metro) on Wednesday signed a $647 million contract to purchase 282 rail cars from a Chinese company.

Under the contract, LA Metro will firstly pay $178 million for 64 rail cars built by China Railway Rolling Stock Corporation (CRRC) to upgrade the U.S. county's subway system.

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Of the first batch of HR 4000 rail cars to be delivered by September 2021, 30 will replace the 25-year-old Red and Purple Line trains and 34 will serve the Purple Line Extension that is expected to open in 2023.

"We anticipate there will be 50,000 weekday boardings once all seven new stations are built, and there will be nearly 80,000 new daily trips on this entire Metro rail system as a result of the opening of the Purple Line Extension," LA Metro CEO Phillip A. Washington said at a signing ceremony.

"We are going to need these trains to meet our future ridership demand," he added.

A new facility will also be purchased in the LA region to manufacture major components for propulsion, heating, ventilation, air conditioning and lighting systems.

Therefore, the contract will create about 50 jobs generating up to $38 million in local wages and benefits.

About 10 percent of all the new jobs will be created for disadvantaged workers and workers from lower social economic communities.

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