Kawasaki Rail Car, Inc.


News Release 


Kawasaki Rail Car receives conitional acceptance of R188 Base order


Tokyo, January 2014 - Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. announced today that its U.S. subsidiary, Kawasaki Rail Car, Inc. (KRC), based in Yonkers, New York, delivered and  received conditional acceptance of all R188 subway trains for the base order to MTA New York City Transit (NYCT).


In May 2010, Kawasaki was awarded the R188 base order for 23 new subway cars and conversion of 10 existing R142A subway cars. In addition, its option order for 103 new subway cars and  conversion of 370 existing R142A subway cars was executed in 2011, and its delivery will be continued until themid- 2016.

Based on the R142A Subway Car, 600 of which were delivered by Kawasaki between 2001 and 2005, the R188 Subway Car  will be designed, produced and deliveredCommunication Based Train Control System (CBTC) ready..


Manufacturing of the carbody structure and equipment installation of the new cars will be conducted at the Lincoln Plant in Nebraska, and the final assembly and function testing will be performed at the Yonkers Plant in New York. Conversion of the existing R142A subway cars to the CBTC-ready will be performed at the Yonkers Plant.


Since receiving an order in 1985 for 325 R62 subway cars from NYCT, Kawasaki has delivered a total of over 2,000 cars to NYCT, and the company's cars occupy the largest share of any held by NYCT, America's largest subway operator.


As part of the economic stimulus measures by President Obama, the United States is actively considering capital investments in transportation and infrastructure to reinforce transportation capacity for metropolitan transportation in the Northeastern Corridor, as well as intercity transits including Amtrak.


In the future, Kawasaki will continue to build on this firm foundation of technological skill and trust as it provides the world with subway cars - a mode of transit with a low burden on the environment.