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MIAMI, FL — Miami-Dade transit officials are scheduled to take the wraps off a shiny new addition to the Metrorail fleet on Thursday. A brand new train built by Hitachi Rail Italy will be the first new addition to the line since the service began operating in 1984. Officials are planning to mark the occasion with a 10 a.m. ribbon-cutting ceremony at Miami International Airport’s Metrorail station platform.

“Our staff has been diligently working with Hitachi Rail Italy to ensure the delivery of our first train by the end of this month,” according to Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez. “We are proud to introduce our new modern, high-tech vehicles, which will improve our riders’ experience and Metrorail service reliability.”

Following the ribbon-cutting ceremony, officials plan to take an inaugural ride on the new Metrorail train from Miami International to the Government Center station.

The first four-car train of 136 cars that will make up the new Metrorail fleet was funded by surtax funds from People’s Transportation Plan.

The Miami International station is located at 3800 NW 25 St. in Miami.