METRORail North Line set to open in December; no ETA for delivery of 39 rail cars

The agency says 39 cars have not yet passed inspection
October 28, 2013 4:43:00 PM PDT
There's a mixed bag of good and bad news coming out from METRO. The bad news involves a contract you're paying hundreds of millions on, but we'll give you the good news first.

The agency is already making test runs on the north line, ahead of schedule. You can start riding that line the week before Christmas.

The bad news -- and it's pretty bad -- 39 rail cars METRO bought are way behind schedule, and there's no certain date when they will arrive.

At a meeting Monday morning, METRO's interim CEO Tom Lambert said the car hasn't passed needed tests.

"Until we get a definitive, clear expectation and signoff that all the tests have been made, whatever schedule they're giving us is not the right schedule," Lambert said.

You are paying a Spanish company $150 million to make the cars. The first one was supposed to be here in July. Then it slipped to November. Now propulsion issues and a failed leak test are forcing METRO to say there is no scheduled date for delivery.

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