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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

Governor Malloy: Investment in New Haven Rail Yard Facilities Demonstrates State Commitment to Best-In-Class Commuter Line (June 5, 2014) Governor Dannel P. Malloy, joined by Connecticut Department of Transportation Commissioner James Redeker and other state and local officials, led a tour of the New Haven Rail Yard, which is undergoing a $1.15 billion, multi-year upgrade and expansion.

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.

Link to M-8 Car YouTube Video

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!

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.