Bombardier Transportation announced today that it received a firm order from the Mid-Region Council of Governments and the New Mexico Department of Transportation for the supply of 10 Bombardier BiLevel commuter rail vehicles, 6 cab cars and 4 coaches. Valued at approximately US$22 million, the contract calls for the design, manufacture and delivery of the new commuter vehicles. The new cars will be used to provide service between Belen and Bernalillo, New Mexico.
“The BiLevel vehicle developed in North America has become one of our flagship products because of its undisputed economical performance and shortest delivery schedule in the industry”, said William Spurr, President of Bombardier Transportation, North America. “This vehicle is a popular choice for today’s commuter rail industry because it is one of the largest-capacity cars in the world designed for maximum commuter passenger comfort”, added Spurr.
The first Bombardier BiLevel vehicle went into service in 1978. Since then, Bombardier has produced more than 740 BiLevel cars, which are currently operated by ten different public transit authorities in North America, enhancing its features over time.
The vehicles will be built at Bombardier’s Thunder Bay, Ontario, manufacturing facility. Production will begin in the coming months and first deliveries are expected in the summer of 2005.
In North America, Bombardier Transportation is the leader in high-speed rail, commuter rail, automated rapid transit and automated guideway transit systems. It also maintains two of the largest multi-level commuter fleets in Canada and the United States.
A world-leading manufacturer of innovative transportation solutions, from regional aircraft and business jets to rail transportation equipment, Bombardier Inc. is a global corporation headquartered in Canada. Its revenues for the fiscal year ended Jan. 31, 2004 were $15.5 billion US and its shares are traded on the Toronto, Brussels and Frankfurt stock exchanges (BBD, BOM and BBDd.F). News and information are available at www.bombardier.com.
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Hélène V. Gagnon