If the weight cannot be lowered, Lambert said CAF could pay a penalty to offset the added costs.
Delays and building issues are common in railcar construction, Weinman said, especially as new companies enter the U.S. market. CAF, although a major player globally in making light rail and larger commuter railcars, is relatively new to the U.S.
Its first major contract for Amtrak, a nearly $300 million job to build 130 long-distance railcars, is about a year behind schedule, with the cars expected to start service this summer. Weinman said Amtrak has been pleased with the vehicles.