Classic Streamliners - TRAINCYCLOPEDIA
In service: est. 2017
Manufacturer: Kawasaki Heavy Industries
Replaced: all remaining M3/M3As
Number built: 92 on base order, options for up to 512 more
Formation: married pairs
Fleet numbers: (9001-9676(LIRR); TBD(MNCR))
Operators: Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Long Island Rail Road, Metro-North Railroad)
Car length: 85 ft 0 in (25,908 mm)
Width: 10 ft 8 in (3,251 mm)
Maximum speed: 100 mph (160 km/h) design; 80 mph (130 km/h) service
Transmission: Mitsubishi Electric AC Traction Motors & IGBT inverters
Power supply: Third rail
Electric system: 750 V DC
Current collection method: Contact shoe
Braking systems: Pneumatic, dynamic/regenerative
Coupling system: Budd Pin and Cup coupler
Track gauge: 4 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm)
LIRR M9 with the original scheme color at the Kawasaki Manufacturing Corporation.
By Valentine Key(Musician) - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=74543045
LIRR 9013 M9 leaving Brentwood Station, October 10, 2018.
Valentine Key(Musician) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], from Wikimedia Commons
M9 Electric Multiple Unit Railcar
The M9 is a future electric multiple unit railroad car to be designed for and ordered by New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority for the Long Island Rail Road as part of the 2008–2013 Capital Plan. It will be built by Kawasaki Heavy Industries. The purchase of the initial 92 M9 cars is intended to expand the Long Island Rail Road's fleet size in anticipation of the completion of the East Side Access Capital project. The additional rolling stock will address the need for additional service to Grand Central Terminal and anticipated expanded service. The projected cost of developing, designing, and constructing the first order of M9 cars is $205 million. The MTA plans a larger additional fleet purchase at some point to replace the aging M3 railcars, beyond the scope of the 2009-2014 Capital Plan.
In mid-2012, the MTA (LIRR) issued a joint procurement request for itself and MNR for a total of up to 676 M-9 and 160 M-9A railcars, set for delivery between 2016 and 2020. On September 18, 2013, Kawasaki Heavy Industries, the builder of Metro-North's M8 railcars, was awarded a nearly $1.8 billion contract a base order of 92 M9 cars for the Long Island Rail Road, with additional options for a total of 584 cars (304 to LIRR and 280 to MNCR) if exercised. Funding for the base order of cars is provided through the MTA's 2009-2014 Capital Plan. Funding for future car options will be provided for in future capital plans. As of July 2014, the MTA forecasts LIRR's need for the M9/M9A to be 416 cars (180 cars to replace the M3, and 236 cars for ESA service related increases), and MNCR's need for the M9 to be up to 188 cars. The LIRR portion of the M9/M9A order is split as follows: 92 base order cars (to be complete April 2018), 88 option 1 order cars (to be complete November 2018), 76 ESA option order cars (to be complete August 2020), and 160 cars as part of the M9A contract (to be complete October 2021). 14 pilot cars are to be delivered September 2016 for testing, with the production cars being delivered at a rate of 12 cars per month. The MNCR balance of 188 cars is expected to begin delivery in December 2018 and be completed February 2020. The LIRR's aging M3 fleet will still be in use well into 2019 and possibly beyond.
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