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Bombardier Consortium Wins Vehicle Modernization Contract in Brazil


Partners to refurbish 156 metro cars for city of São Paulo for heightened passenger comfort and greater energy efficiency

A consortium led by Bombardier Transportation has been awarded a contract to modernize 156 passenger rail cars (26 six-car trains) by Companhia do Metropolitano de São Paulo (CMSP), the state-owned transit operator that runs the São Paulo metro system in Brazil’s largest city. The contract, valued at approximately 383 million reals ($193 million US, 139 million euros), is for comprehensive modernization services on the 30-year-old electric multiple units which operate on CMSP’s Metro Line 1-Blue in São Paulo (formerly the North-South Line). Bombardier’s share of the contract is valued at approximately 238 million reals ($120 million US, 87 million euros). The Bombardier consortium includes two Brazilian partners: Temoinsa and Tejofran.

“This contract is important for São Paulo as it will provide the city with improved rail equipment and support CMSP’s efforts to deliver enhanced service to public transit users,” said Carlos Levy, President and Chief Country Representative, Bombardier Transportation Brazil. “We are very pleased to be continuing our successful relationship with CMSP and our consortium partners.”

Laurent Troger, President, Bombardier Transportation, Services, said: “This is a complete vehicle modernization project that will extend the useful life of CMSP’s rolling stock well beyond 30 years. It will employ the latest technologies on a fast track delivery schedule to improve vehicle reliability and maintainability. In the end, these refurbished cars will help our customer operate transit service with increased efficiency and cost effectiveness.”

The modernization project includes upgrades to door systems and bogies, as well as installation of new interiors, propulsion systems, communication and air conditioning systems, windows and a range of other improvements. The cars will be modernized at Bombardier’s rail services center in Hortolândia, Brazil outside of São Paulo. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in August 2010.

Bombardier is the leading provider of modernization services for rail equipment in the Brazilian market. It also provides signalling systems, propulsion systems and other equipment for rail projects in Brazil.


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