Wabtec Receives Orders Worth $31 Million for MPXpress Commuter Locomotives

WILMERDING, Pa. — Wabtec Corp.’s MotivePower subsidiary has received an order for 10 MPXpress commuter locomotives from the Utah Transit Authority (UTA).

In addition, UTA awarded MotivePower a four-year contract to maintain 11 other MPXpress locomotives, which have already been delivered. The total value of the locomotive order and the maintenance contract is about $31 million.

“The MPXpress continues to be the locomotive of choice for commuter rail agencies in North America,” said Albert J. Neupaver, Wabtec’s president and chief executive officer. “We’re also pleased to be selected to provide maintenance services for the units, which demonstrate another way for Wabtec to help customers improve their safety, efficiency and productivity.”

The 10 new locomotives, to be manufactured in Boise, Idaho, are expected to be delivered in 2010. Under the locomotive maintenance contract, MotivePower will provide on-site labor and management in UTA’s Salt Lake City facility, where the company will develop work scopes for scheduled and unscheduled maintenance, as well as manage material requirements.

The locomotives are part of UTA’s new commuter rail service between Salt Lake City and Ogden, Utah.

The MPXpress locomotives offer significant technological improvements, including higher-horsepower engines to move more passengers within the same schedule, improved fuel efficiency, advanced emissions reduction technology and microprocessor controls, Wabtec said.

They will also meet the latest crashworthiness and safety standards recommended by the American Public Transportation Association. The locomotives will contain a number of components produced by other Wabtec subsidiaries, including the microprocessor control system, braking equipment, brake shoes and radiators.

— PRNewswire-FirstCall