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Next Generation LIRR Cars Already Behind Schedule

MTA Train
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The Long Island Rail Road says the rollout of the next generation of train cars has been delayed by six months.

Newsday reports construction of the M9A train cars has been pushed back because of high manufacturing and delivery costs.

The cars were set to gradually replace the decades-old M3 cars. They were supposed to be in service by late 2022 but won’t be ready until 2024. 

Officials hope to use the extra time to negotiate with potential bidders for the most affordable option.

The MTA has budgeted around $467 million for the new cars. 

The M9A is an update of the M9 cars, which were put in service last month after their rollout was delayed due to design flaws and software glitches.