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Hitachi Ltd. has opened a train manufacturing plant in Miami, its first in the United States, to build Metrorail vehicles for the area.

Hitachi Rail USA will build 136 cars at the factory to replace Miami-Dade County’s Metrorail fleet beginning this month, the Tokyo-based company said in a statement Thursday. The first new vehicles are scheduled go into service in late 2017, Hitachi said.

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