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All About The New M-8 Cars

The Connecticut Department of Transportation and Metro North Railroad have been working with Kawasaki Rail Car, Inc., to finalize designs and begin engineering of a new fleet of New Haven Rail Line cars. This new generation of M-8 electric rail cars are replacing the existing M-2 fleet of cars, originally procured in the early 1970s.

With the help of commuter focus groups, a number of design upgrades have been incorporated into the new M-8 Cars, including:

M-8 Car Image
M-8 Car Image

* Brighter interior lighting and color | More open appearance

* Enhanced comfort | Better customer security

* Easier entrance and exit visibility

* Larger windows | High-back seats | Individual head rests

* Convenient electrical outlets by seats

* Automated announcements

* Coordinated destination signs

(Videos at right: pilot M-8 arriving in Stamford, CT | MTA M-8 video)

Thumbnail link to M-8 Car on New Haven Rail Line Stamford CT Station
Thumnail link to MTA-Metro North M8 Car Promo Video

The M-8 Cars are a Hit!

This YouTube video from MTA-Metro North Railroad showcases user delight as commuters and travelers experience riding on the new M-8 Cars. Click on the screenshot image at right to travel with them...

New Haven Rail Yard News Releases

Connecticut Department of Transportation demonstrates new bicycle rack prototypes on the new M-8 rails cars (September 15, 2011) Connecticut Department of Transportation demonstrated new bicycle rack prototypes on the new M-8 rails cars at Union Station in New Haven. Bicycle advocates were invited and encouraged to bring bikes to the event and try out the racks for themselves.

Governor Malloy Continues Investment in Rail Through Purchase of 25 Additional M-8 Cars for New Haven Line (July 19, 2011) Governor Dannel P. Malloy today announced plans to purchase 25 more M-8 rail cars – adding to the 380 already on order – for use on the New Haven Line along the southwestern Connecticut coastline, often cited as the busiest in the nation with 120,000 riders a day between New Haven and New York City.

Gov. Malloy: Connecticut M-8 Rail Fleet Continues to Grow (June 14, 2011)
Governor Dannel P. Malloy, Connecticut DOT and Metro-North Railroad announced that a third set of M-8 rail cars was put into service, bringing to 130 the number of train runs operating with the new cars each week!

Link to M-8 Car YouTube Video

Connecticut Department of Transportation & Metro-North Railroad Showcase New M-8 Rail Car Interior (May 21, 2008)

Connecticut Governor Rell Unveils New M-8 Cars (February 20, 2008)

PLEASE NOTE: Prospective bidders for the New Haven Rail Yard projects must have experience in heavy rail and rail facility construction and MUST BE PREQUALIFIED with the State of Connecticut to submit a bid. Information can be obtained by following the "Pre-Qualify" link on the menu tab above.