NFTA Debuts New, Modern Metro Rail Cars

March 9, 2012 Updated Mar 9, 2012 at 6:29 PM EDT

By John Borsa

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March 9, 2012 Updated Mar 9, 2012 at 6:29 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority's newly redesigned Metro Rail cars have no floors, seats, lighting and state of the art safety features.

They also have that "new car smell," according to NFTA spokesman C. Douglas Hartmayer.

Hartmayer was joined by Mayor Byron Brown and dozens of riders on the inaugural trip of cars 114 and 123. The cars were refurbished as part of a $40 million dollar project to bring the 25-year-old Metro Rail system into the 21st Century.

The cars were delivered last year and the NFTA spent the time since testing new technology on the cars.

"We wanted to make sure the design was sound, all the systems were working," said NFTA Chairman Henry Sloma. "And then it will go quicker in the rest."

The project was delayed for several years after one contractor went bankrupt and two others had a dispute.

The cars were refurbished in Steuben County in the Southern Tier.

Three more cars, numbers 110, 111 and 126, will be refurbished by the end of the year, Hartmayer said.