The next generation of commuter rail cars is coming to the Long Island Rail Road. In 2013, the MTA awarded a contract to Kawasaki Rail Car, Inc. to design and build the new fleet of M9 rail cars for the LIRR. The new cars will replace the 1980s-era M3 rail cars: these cars feature increased seating capacity, A/C electric outlets at each row of seats, powered B-End Doors, CCTV and multimedia screens.
The new M9 rail cars will also help to expand the LIRR’s fleet capacity and allow for anticipated ridership growth with the completion of East Side Access, the LIRR Expansion Project and other system expansion projects throughout the region.
The M9 contract has a base order of 92 cars and an option order for 110 additional LIRR cars. These 202 cars in total are intended to replace LIRR’s current fleet of 180 aging M3s and support East Side Access service (22 cars). The M9 cars will be available for the opening day of East Side Access service. Final assembly of the M9 cars will take place in Kawasaki’s plant in Yonkers, helping to create jobs for New Yorkers.