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MBTA GM Optimistic About New Commuter Rail Cars After Visit To South Korea

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MBTA Acting General Manager Jonathan Davis tours a South Korean factory where the commuter rail's new cars are being built. (Photo Credit: MBTA)

MBTA Acting General Manager Jonathan Davis tours a South Korean factory where the commuter rail’s new cars are being built. (Photo Credit: MBTA)

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BOSTON (CBS) – MBTA Acting General Manager Jonathan Davis is in South Korea hoping to speed up delivery on 75 high capacity commuter rail cars.

Davis spoke to WBZ NewsRadio 1030 on Tuesday and said that he’s cautiously optimistic that the trains, already nearly two years behind schedule, will arrive soon after the new year.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030′s Laurie Kirby reports

“The expectation is that we would have the first new commuter rail coaches in service January or February of 2013 and that the last car would be in service sometime around April 2014,” GM Davis said. “What I did see was some added resources to our project.”

Davis said Hyundai-Rotem never explained why the cars were late, but the company’s CEO did apologize.

“He expressed his concern and his embarrassment for having failed on delivering these coaches based on the original delivery schedule,” Davis said.

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