Bombardier Transportation, along with representatives of the New Mexico Mid-Region Council of Governments (MRCOG), the New Mexico Department of Transportation and other invited guests, celebrated completion of the first of 10 Bombardier BiLevel commuter rail cars for a new service between Belen and Bernalillo, New Mexico in the USA. William Spurr, President, Bombardier Transportation, North America; Lawrence Rael, Executive Director of the MRCOG; and Rhonda Faught, New Mexico Secretary of Transportation presided over the festivities at Bombardier's manufacturing facility in Thunder Bay, Ontario.
The vehicles are scheduled for delivery between August and October 2005. The first car was completed in just eight months after Notice to Proceed (NTP) was given in October 2004. The new vehicles will run on the New Mexico Rail Runner Express, New Mexico's first commuter rail line, by the end of 2005.
William Spurr commented: "The Bombardier BiLevel car is a service proven transit solution that delivers unparallel reliability and cost efficiency. We are very proud that New Mexico chose our products for their new commuter train service." He added: "We are especially proud to be part of the state of New Mexico's vision to provide enhanced and reliable service for its citizens and look forward to a long term relationship with our customer for many years to come."
The first BiLevel vehicle went into service in 1978 with GO Transit in Toronto. Since then, Bombardier has produced more than 750 BiLevel cars operating with eleven different public transit authorities in North America, enhancing the car's safety and service features over time.
With a service proven design, low implementation costs, as well as limited requirements for infrastructure construction, the BiLevel car is well suited for start-up lines such as New Mexico's new commuter rail line. Moreover, BiLevel cars offer the advantages of a common platform, allowing our customers to build in their needs and requirements.
Lawrence Rael, Executive Director of the MRCOG, praised the spirit of cooperation between Bombardier and the Mid Region Council of Governments. "We are delighted that Bombardier has been able to deliver these railcars in such a short timeframe, especially given our unconventional designs," he said. He added: "The Governor of New Mexico asked that we have commuter rail service up and running by the end of this year, and Bombardier's accelerated production schedule will allow us to meet that deadline."
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 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, 2005 were $15.8 billion US and its shares are traded on the Toronto stock exchanges (BBD). News and information are available at www.bombardier.com.
BiLevel is a trademark of Bombardier Inc. or its subsidiaries.
New Mexico Rail Runner Express is a trade mark of a third party.
Hélène V. Gagnon
Senior Director, Communications