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Hitachi to build $70m plant for Washington subway cars

Local factory will fulfill record $2.2bn U.S. order from D.C. Metro system

The Washington Metro awarded Hitachi a $2.2 billion contract last year to manufacture up to 800 modern rail cars. (Image courtesy of Hitachi Rail)

TOKYO -- Hitachi will build a $70 million plant in the U.S. that makes subway cars for the transit system in the Washington, D.C., region, the Japanese industrial group said Monday.

The planned factory in the state of Maryland will be Hitachi's second U.S. rail car facility, with the other in Miami. Construction begins this fall, with the plant slated to become operational by March 2024.

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