MiamiHerald / Two weeks ago, the first rail train of the new Miami-Dade County Metrorail fleet, built by Hitachi Rail U.S., will start servicing community residents and visitors, with the rest of the trains scheduled to be on the tracks by the end of 2019. As demand for reliable and attractive urban transportation continues to grow, this important project is an excellent example of the mutually beneficial collaboration between the U.S. and Japan.
Taking a page from Japan’s urban rail system, which is at the top level in terms of safety, punctuality and high passenger usage, the new trains offer many upgrades. Some of these improvements will not be visible to the rider, including computerized control systems, reduced energy usage and materials that are easier to clean and more graffiti resistant.
In terms of the riding experience, passengers will enjoy a more-open layout with fewer barriers, built-in bike racks, new air conditioning systems, quieter disc brakes, security cameras and computerized announcements. The new trains are designed to provide reliable, rapid and comfortable transportation.
DRS Technologies, a Finmeccanica company, built the framework of the cars in Missouri before transporting them to a local 140,000-square-foot, custom-designed plant in Medley. Constructing the plant involved more than 50 sub-contractors and suppliers, with the majority based in South Florida.