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MTA Buying Subway Cars Made Upstate

MTA Buying Subway Cars Made Upstate

MTA Buying Subway Cars Made Upstate Noah Scalin, flickr

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MTA says new cars will replace subway's oldest cars.

New York City's mass transit system is set to order for more than 300 subway cars to be built in upstate Plattsburgh, keeping 500 jobs alive.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo will announce the $600 million contract with Montreal-based Bombardier (bahm-BAR'-dee-ay) on Wednesday. The contract will provide stable, higher-paying manufacturing jobs for several years.

Cuomo says the deal will keep 300 workers busy and support 200 more jobs from suppliers.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority says the new cars will replace the subway's oldest cars, improving service in the massive system. The contract will be paid in part with $305 million in federal money.

The company won the contract by offering the lowest bid. Bombardier has built subway cars for the city since 1981.