With the support of Los Angeles County Mayor Michael D. Antonovich, the MTA Board of Directors voted unanimously to authorize two contract options worth $263 million with Kinkisharyo LLC to build 60 light rail vehicles at its Palmdale manufacturing plant.
“This order for 60 light rail vehicles that will be used on the existing and expanding system is a vital step forward in our efforts to cement the presence of Kinkisharyo and transportation manufacturing in Palmdale. Kinkisharyo and BYD create jobs for local workers and propel the Antelope Valley to be the location of choice for transit vehicle manufacturing,” said Antonovich.
“These cars will be built in Palmdale by Antelope Valley residents thanks to the strong regional support for Kinkisharyo’s quality of product and location of its USA manufacturing plant in Los Angeles County,” he added. “Our partnership with Los Angeles City Mayor Eric Garcetti, business groups, and local leaders helped make this day a reality.”