SEPTA Delays Rollout Of New Regional Rail Cars

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – As SEPTA works on replacing old regional rail cars by the end of next year, the latest cars to be added to the system aren’t ready to roll yet.

SEPTA is buying 120 state of the art Silverliner V cars from a South Korean company. One three-car pilot train has been running on the commuter rail system since October.

Three more cars were supposed to be ready Friday but have been delayed three to four weeks after production problems were encountered at the South Philadelphia facility where final assembly of the cars is being done after being shipped from South Korea.

The new cars are being purchased by SEPTA for $274 million.

Reported By John McDevitt, KYW Newsradio.


One Comment

  1. SEPTA Watcher says:

    PAT DEON, Chairman of SEPTA, and A#1 Republican pork contributor is the soruce of waste at SEPTA, and is strangely on Republican Gov-Elect Corbitt’s transportation team. Deon’s qualificaions? Beer Salesman and GOP donor.

    Where is the FBI?

    The Bucks County Intelligencer Sunday, October 22, 2006

    Lawmakers get mystery money:

    A Japanese executive gave $21,000 to Bucks Co. politicians two months after his firm received a $244 million SEPTA contract.

    Harrisburg – Bucks County Republican state lawmakers are at a loss to explain why a Japanese business executive based in New York is a top contributor to their 2006 campaigns.

    Hatsuhiko Kageyama, the vice president of Sojitz Corporation of America, the US subsidiary of a large Japanese business conglomerate, donated $5,000 each to four Bucks County Republicans and $1,000 to fifth in May and early June.

    The checks came in two months after a Sojitz consortium managed by Kageyama won a $244 million contract with SEPTA to build regional rail cars.

    None of the candidates said they had heard of Kageyamaor Sojitz Corp. and couldn’t explain why the donor was interested in Bucks County. Several candidates said the check came through Bucks County Republican chairman Harry Fawkes.

  2. joe says:

    Even if they could’nt find a company in the U.S. that makes these trains,for 278 million we start one!

  3. joe says:

    Why can’t septa buy American

    1. Train Man says:

      There are no American passenger railcar builders any more.

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