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Amtrak buying 130 new rail cars

Amtrak says it is buying 130 new single-level rail cars, a contract that will create 575 jobs at a New York plant.

The $298 million contract was awarded to CAF USA, which will perform manufacturing and final assembly work at its plant in Elmira, N.Y.

The contract is part of a long-term fleet renewal plan. These cars will be used for long-distance train service.

Amtrak President and CEO Joseph H. Boardman says the new cars will be similar to the Viewliner model and include sleeping cars, diners, baggage cars and baggage-dormitory cars.

The first car is expected to be completed in October 2012.

-- Associated Press

By Michael Bolden  | July 23, 2010; 2:32 PM ET
Categories:  Amtrak  
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$518,260.87 per job.

Union no doubt.

Posted by: yell53 | July 23, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Each one of those rail cars cost $2.3M? Wow. No wonder Amtrak can't turn a profit.

Posted by: matt_s | July 23, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse

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