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33 Engines to Replace 28 Older Models

NEWARK, NJ, September 21, 2001 -- With service demand increasing each day, NJ TRANSIT’s Board of Directors is taking steps to ensure that the Corporation is using state-of-the-art equipment to transport its more than 110,000 rail customers. Today, the Board awarded a $175.3 million contract with Alstom Transportation Inc . of Hornell, NY to purchase 33 diesel locomotives.

The new engines would replace 28 GP40 diesel locomotives currently used on nine of NJ TRANSIT's 12 rail lines. The GP40 locomotives were built between 1966 and 1970 and remanufactured between 1987 and 1991.

"This transportation investment will improve the reliability of rail service throughout the State of New Jersey," said NJ TRANSIT Board Chairman and State Transportation Commissioner James Weinstein. "NJ TRANSIT must have the latest equipment to continue serving today’s customers while planning for tomorrow’s growth."

"These new locomotives will have extra power to pull more rail cars than today’s diesel locomotive fleet," said NJ TRANSIT Executive Director Jeffrey A. Warsh. "This purchase will allow seating capacity on some of our diesel-operated trains to increase by as many as 300 customers. As a result, these 33 engines are as critical to our rail customers as 33 new rail cars."

The new diesel locomotives would be capable of pulling up to ten single-level rail cars and up to eight bi-level cars -- which NJ TRANSIT plans to purchase in the future. The GP40 locomotives are limited to seven single-level cars and four bi-level cars. The new engines will have added power for heating and air conditioning, lighting and other customer amenities. They will also incorporate the latest federal safety standards.

NJ TRANSIT expects to receive a prototype of the new diesel locomotive in spring 2004 with delivery of all 33 expected by the end of 2004. As part of the contract, NJ TRANSIT will have the option of purchasing five additional diesel locomotives to meet additional ridership growth.

NJ TRANSIT is the nation's largest statewide public transportation system providing bus, rail and light rail services for 384,000 daily commuters on 240 bus routes, two light rail lines and 12 commuter rail lines. It is the third largest transit system in the country with 162 rail stations, 26 light rail stations and more than 17,000 bus stops linking major points in New Jersey, New York and Philadelphia.