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Delivery of T’s new fleet beset by delays

New commuter rail cars designed to replace part of the MBTA’s aging fleet are at least a year and a half late, leaving thousands of suburban riders waiting for modern coaches that state transportation officials had expected to be running by now.

Assembly has yet to begin on the T’s order at a Philadelphia plant run by Hyundai Rotem USA, a South Korean company that won the $190 million contract to build 75 cars despite little experience in the US rail market.

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