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SEPTA BOARD AWARDS MARKET-FRANKFORD CARS CONTRACT TO ABB TRACTION, INC.

 PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- The SEPTA Board voted today to award a contract for $285 million for the purchase of 220 new cars for the Market-Frankford Line to ABB Traction, Inc. of Elmira Heights, N.Y., SEPTA announced.
 SEPTA said that these new air-conditioned cars with advanced passenger communications, safety and security features will replace today's 33-year-old fleet by 1997. Arriving first will be an eight-car pilot train, scheduled for delivery in early 1996.
 The cost per car will be about $1.15 million. Above the individual car cost, the contract includes spare parts, a two-car work train, a training simulator, special tools and equipment, and various other "system support" provisions.
 The new cars have been designed to incorporate state-of-the-art technology in order to enhance overall safety, security and operating capability. Second only to reliability in importance to SEPTA riders will be the air conditioning on these new cars. "This line has the highest ridership of any SEPTA route and will be the last one to receive air conditioned cars," said SEPTA's General Manager Louis Gambaccini.
 The new fleet will consist of 110 "married pairs" (two cars with interrelated systems that must always operate together). SEPTA said that the cars will be 55-feet long, 8-1/2 feet wide at floor level, and 9-feet, 2-inches wide at seat level. Each car will seat 50 riders with a total car capacity of 160 passengers.
 Otherwise, the new cars will be a sharp departure from today's 33-year-old vehicles. State-of-the-art technology will include AC propulsion equipment with extensive subsystem monitoring and diagnostic features; on-board automated voice/visual messages for passengers; closed circuit television to monitor passengers getting on and off the train; wider passenger doorway openings to help reduce waiting times in stations; a "fish belly" car design which increases the car width above the floor level, and many other information, comfort and safety features. Each new car will be equipped with two wheelchair spaces in accordance with provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
 The Market-Frankford Line runs a total of 12.8 miles between Frankford Terminal in Northeast Philadelphia and 69th Street Terminal in Upper Darby, via Center City.
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