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Rail cars 2 years delayed, T chief heads to S. Korea

The MBTA’s acting general manager will fly to Seoul this weekend to grill executives of a South Korean company that has fallen about two years behind on a $190 million contract to build badly needed commuter rail coaches for the T.

Hyundai Rotem by now was supposed to have delivered nearly all of the 75 double-decker rail cars the MBTA ordered in 2008, with the last ones arriving next month. Instead, the company has missed a slew of deadlines and has yet to finish even the first cars, while T customers must continue to rely on cramped, single-decker coaches from the 1980s.

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