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New Jersey orders diesel GTWs

01 Jul 1999

ON JUNE 7 Adtranz Switzerland and Stadler Fahrzeug AG received an order worth SFr90m to supply 20 low-floor railcars for the Camden - Trenton light rail project. A diesel-electric version of the GTW2/6 design, the first cars will shipped to New Jersey in August 2001.

Following the FRA ruling on mixed freight and light rail operation over the 54·7 km route (RG 6.99 p340), New Jersey Transit agreed on June 1 to purchase the line from Conrail for US$67·5m. The deal provides for freight trains to use the route between 22.00 and 06.00.

Following the purchase, NJ Transit was able to sign the US$604·5m DBOM concession with the Southern New Jersey Light Rail Group headed by Bechtel and Adtranz. Construction is to start within three months, with services to the 20 stations to begin in three years.