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Alstom to Overhaul MK Caltrans California Car

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09/11/2009 AT 06:54

The Caltrans fleet was manufactured by Morrison Knudsen in Hornell, NY - an Alstom facility since 1998 - between 1994 and 1997. The fleet of vehicles is comprised of four distinctive car types - cab, trailer, coach and food service cars.

The contract worth USD13.1 million (9 millions euros) includes for the complete replacement of the door systems and upgrade of the wheelchair lifts, as well as the wreck repair of one car. The work will be performed over a two-year period without disrupting the daily service, at the Alstom's new Train Life Services (TLS) facility located in Mare Island, California.

The Caltrans fleet of vehicles are operated and maintained by Amtrak, on the “San Joaquin Corridor” from Oakland to Bakersfield, and the “Capitol Corridor” going from Sacramento to San Jose - the third busiest Amtrak operated route in the nation. The fleet operates at speeds of up to 79 miles per hour on 350 miles of track, serving over 30 stations, with a yearly ridership in excess of 2 million passengers.

The Alstom's TLS facility of 112,000 square feet is approximately 60 miles from Caltrans headquarters, located in Sacramento, California. With an opening planned for October 2009, it will provide a wide variety of services, including, wreck repairs, vehicles sub-systems overhauls, and will be the distribution center for parts for the West Coast. Mare Island will be a unique maintenance facility on the West Coast capable of offering such capabilities.

Caltrans has chosen Alstom due to its past on-time and on-budget performance on wreck repairs on various types of passenger vehicles. This new contract builds on Alstom's momentum in the field of renovations and upgrades in North America, exemplified by the Acela logistic project with Amtrak, originally contracted for a five year period started in 2006, which was extended to a ten year contract.

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