Bombardier receives an order from Metrolinx for 50 BiLevel commuter rail cars
Bombardier Transportation announced today that it has received an order from Metrolinx for the supply of 50 BOMBARDIER BiLevel commuter rail cars to be delivered to GO Transit in Toronto. The contract for the 50 rail cars is valued at approximately $125 million CDN ($128 million US, 93 million euro).
The vehicles will be built at Bombardier’s Thunder Bay, Ontario, manufacturing facility. Production is scheduled to start in June 2011 and first deliveries in November 2011.
“We are pleased to provide GO Transit with additional BiLevel cars and welcome our customer’s renewed confidence in the products we deliver,” said Raymond Bachant, President, Bombardier Transportation, North America. "We are also proud of our successful customer relationship with GO Transit who operates the largest commuter rail network in Canada.”
In service since 1978, the BiLevel car was designed in cooperation with GO Transit, now a division of Metrolinx. The objective was to establish a user-friendly, 162-seat car with a baseline design for future modifications.
The BiLevel car is the most popular multi-level commuter rail car in North America, with operations in 13 major cities across Canada and the United States, including urban centers like Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal, Los Angeles, San Diego, Dallas/Fort Worth, San Francisco and Seattle. This latest order from Metrolinx will include the 1,000th BiLevel car manufactured in Thunder Bay.
Bombardier’s Thunder Bay plant is actively working on the supply of Toronto’s latest generation of metro cars, as well as light rail vehicles for the Toronto Transit Commission and Metrolinx.
Bombardier is a key player in Ontario’s manufacturing cluster and an important contributor to the province’s economy with a workforce of more than 5,300 employees.
About Bombardier Transportation
Bombardier Transportation, a global leader in rail technology, offers the broadest portfolio in the rail industry and delivers innovative products and services that set new standards in sustainable mobility. BOMBARDIER ECO4 technologies – built on the four cornerstones of energy, efficiency, economy and ecology – conserve energy, protect the environment and help to improve total train performance. Bombardier Transportation is headquartered in Berlin, Germany and has a presence in over 60 countries. It has an installed base of over 100,000 vehicles worldwide.
A world-leading manufacturer of innovative transportation solutions, from commercial aircraft and business jets to rail transportation equipment, systems and services, Bombardier Inc. is a global corporation headquartered in Canada. Its revenues for the fiscal year ended Jan. 31, 2010, were $19.4 billion US, and its shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (BBD). Bombardier is listed as an index component to the Dow Jones Sustainability World and North America indexes. News and information are available at www.bombardier.com
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