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Going off the rails on Metro's rail cars
Going off the rails on Metro's rail cars

Two years ago, the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority became the first transit agency in the nation to pick a rail car manufacturer based in part on how many jobs the company would create. The Japanese firm Kinkisharyo International won the nearly $900-million contract to build light-rail cars after promising to hire about 250 workers. Metro officials had hoped all of those jobs would be in L.A. County, and so far the firm is on track to hire 194 workers for a temporary rail car assembly operation in Palmdale. But a dispute between Kinkisharyo and local labor unions has almost killed plans to build a permanent manufacturing plant there. The company is now looking for a...

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