Metro Transit adding 12 new Minnesota-friendly light rail cars

The second-generation trains for the Hiawatha light-rail line will include better braking technology, better heating and cooling systems as well as audio capability to the video surveillance cameras.
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The second-generation trains for the Hiawatha light-rail line will include better braking technology, better heating and cooling systems as well as audio capability to the video surveillance cameras.

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