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Hyundai-Rotem finally hands over a few commuter rail coaches

The MBTA's interim General Manager today reported that four bi-level commuter trains were delivered from the Korean company that was supposed to have produced over a year ago.

Two months after the head of the MBTA flew to South Korea to get the lowdown on when Massachusetts can expect 75 double-decker commuter trains that were due over a year ago, the transit agency reports that four of the coaches were delivered to its commuter rail maintenance facility in Somerville.

"I am pleased to report that the (four) Hyundai-Rotem bi-level coaches were delivered to the Boston Engine Terminal this morning without incident," MBTA Interim General Manager Jonathan Davis said in his report to the MassDOT Board of Directors today.

The coaches will be inspected today, and over the next few months will undergo static and dynamic testing, Davis said.

Maintenance and operations personnel will begin training on them in December.

Davis also said that members of the Vehicle Engineering Department will head to Korea on Saturday to meet with Hyundai Rotem’s engineering and production staff to finalize design and confirm production compliance.

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