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Metro-North Accepts Another 18 M8 Railcars For Use In Connecticut

Metro-North recently accepted 18 new M8 railcars to be added to the New Haven Line fleet.
Metro-North recently accepted 18 new M8 railcars to be added to the New Haven Line fleet. Photo Credit: Metropolitan Transportation Authority / Patrick Cashin

FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. -- Another 18 M8 rail cars have been delivered to run on the tracks of Metro-North’s New Haven Line in Connecticut, bringing the total of M8 railroad cars to 366, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority announced on its website.

The total number of cars conditionally accepted by Metro-North is now 348, while the remaining 18 are still under inspection and testing by manufacturer Kawasaki Rail Car.

The New Haven line is operating more new M8 cars in fleet than older equipment. As of May 11, 87 percent of total weekday and more than 90 percent of weekend service on the New Haven Main Line used new railcars.

The MTA and Kawasaki Rail Car announced a new contract this fall for up to $1.83 billion to design and build the next generation of M9 rail cars for the Metro-North Railroad on the Hudson and Harlem lines and on the Long Island Railroad.