Doors opening on American made SEPTA cars

Posted by TGarland on 11/25/2013

If you’ve ever taken a Southeastern Pennsylvania Transit Authority (SEPTA) subway car in Philadelphia, you know that the cars and system have long been ignored. You may have also noticed the peculiar British-esque voice on the Broad Street Line warning, “Doors closing.” (There seems to be a debate on the real accent).

So like many metropolitan areas across the country, SEPTA is in the midst of a major public transit infrastructure overhaul. This includes new rail cars made in the city of Brotherly Love for the city of Brotherly Love, reports Jake Blumgart for Next City.

Hyundai Rotem, a company established in East Asia and Western Europe, built the new rail cars in South Philly. New to the American market, Hyundai Rotem received contracts from the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) and the city of Denver. The SEPTA contract is the company's third in the U.S.

The factory currently employs 250 workers and uses a local supply chain:

The company is placing special emphasis on the additional 3,000 to 4,000 Pennsylvania jobs Hyer said it has supported through $150 million in contracts with 21 Pennsylvania-based sub-suppliers.

Hyundai Rotem provides high-wage stable jobs to a region that has shed manufacturing jobs since the beginning of the 2000s.

But we’re still left asking ourselves: who will voice the “doors closing” warning in the new cars?

Image by Flickr user jacorbett70, following Creative Commons guidelines.

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