Bombardier Transportation announced today that it received a firm order from the Greater Toronto Transit Authority (GO Transit) for 10 BiLevel commuter rail vehicles. The order will add to GO Transit’s existing fleet of 372 Bombardier-built railcars. Valued at $26 million Cdn ($22 million US), the contract calls for the design, manufacture and delivery of the new commuter vehicles.
“The Bombardier BiLevel vehicle continues to be the most popular multi-level commuter rail car in North America,” said William Spurr, president, Bombardier Transportation-North America. “It is a service-proven transit solution that delivers unparalled reliability and cost efficiency, along with some of the shortest delivery schedules in the industry. The car’s time-tested design offers great benefits whether you are an established agency like GO Transit or a start-up operation like the new commuter rail service now being developed in the state of New Mexico,” Spurr added.
On October 13, 2004, Bombardier announced an order for 10 BiLevel cars from the Mid-Region Council of Governments and the New Mexico Department of Transportation. The company is also building 22 BiLevel cars ordered in September 2003 by l’Agence Métropolitaine de Transport in Montreal.
The GO Transit vehicles will be built at Bombardier’s Thunder Bay, Ontario, manufacturing facility. Production is expected to extend from February 2005 for approximately one year. Bombardier’s Services division also maintains GO Transit’s fleet of commuter rail cars and locomotives.
The first Bombardier BiLevel vehicle, designed in collaboration with GO Transit, went into service in 1978. Today, Bombardier has more than 740 BiLevel cars in operation with 10 public transit authorities across Canada and the United States.
In North America, Bombardier Transportation is the leader in intercity, commuter rail, automated rapid transit and automated guideway transit systems. It also maintains two of the largest multi-level commuter rail car fleets in Canada and the United States through its North American Services unit.
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.
Hélène V. Gagnon
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