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FIRST METRO RED LINE CARS PASS THE ACCEPTANCE TESTS

 FIRST METRO RED LINE CARS PASS THE ACCEPTANCE TESTS
 LOS ANGELES, Aug. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Rail Construction Corporation


officials have accepted the first "married pair" of Metro Red Line cars, the Los Angeles County Transportation Commission announced today.
 Accepting the cars mean that they have passed design, functional and quality testing and are ready for passenger service. This "married pair" is the first of a 15-pair order required to begin service on the Red Line's Segment One, in March 1993.
 The cars operate only in pairs, hence the term "married pair." The pairs are semi-permanently coupled and equipment, such as air compressors, batteries and automatic train protection equipment, is shared between the two cars. The cars have modular equipment to facilitate repairs without the necessity of uncoupling the cars.
 One pair can, with a cab at each end, operate as a train and move in either direction without the need to be turned around. The "married pairs" can be joined to form a six-car train capable of carrying 1,014 passengers. Initial passenger service will only require the use of four-car trains during peak hours. The length of the trains will increase as the service line is extended.
 The vehicles undergo two separate testing processes. They are tested in Italy by the manufacturer, Breda, and then they undergo a four-to-six-week testing process here to verify compliance with design specifications. The first pairs were sent to Pueblo, Colo., where they successfully passed endurance testing at the Transportation Test Center, a federal test facility for rail products.
 This pair and subsequent pairs currently undergoing testing will be used for training RTD personnel in operation and maintenance of the vehicle fleet. The cars will also be used to support integrated testing of the complete Red Line system before the start of service.
 Officials anticipate the next pair will be accepted this week with subsequent pairs being accepted thereafter in two-week intervals.
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 /CONTACT: Roberta Tinajero or Stephanie Brady of the LACTC Transportation News Bureau, 213-244-6565 or 213-244-6792/ CO: Los Angeles County Transportation Commission ST: California IN: TRN SU:


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