THUNDER BAY, ON --- June 14, 2010 ---- Bombardier Transportation announced today that it has signed an agreement with Metrolinx for the exercise of 182 option vehicles, included in the June 2009 contract. The agreement is valued at approximately $770 million CDN ($745 million US, 617 million euros). Deliveries of these vehicles are scheduled to take place between 2013 and 2020. Under the agreement, up to an additional 118 vehicles could be ordered at a later date.
Thunder Bay - Residents of Thunder Bay and area now have a brighter future thanks to a contract signed between Metrolinx and Bombardier.
Funded by the province, this LRVs contract is worth $770 million to build 182 light rail transit vehicles (LRVs) with an option to purchase up to 118 additional vehicles.
Part of the deal with Bombardier includes a 25 per cent Canadian content requirement to make sure manufacturing jobs stay in Canada and keep people working. Final assembly of the vehicles will be done at the Bombardier facility in Thunder Bay.
This contract will create 4,000 direct and indirect jobs across the province.
This investment builds on the $1.22 billion contract with Bombardier to build Toronto’s next generation streetcars, which included roughly $400 million of provincial funding, and a $700 million contract between Bombardier and the TTC that was supplemented by $200 million of provincial funding.
“Bombardier is proud to be part of this very important expansion of public transit in Toronto and greatly appreciates the confidence Metrolinx has placed in us,” said Raymond Bachant, President, Bombardier Transportation, North America. “This order further solidifies our presence in Ontario and highlights Bombardier’s proven state of the art light rail technology, which is available to all cities in North America.”
The vehicles are BOMBARDIER FLEXITY 100% low-floor light rail technology. The five-module bi-directional vehicles are more than 28 meters long and 2.65 meters wide. These vehicles will provide reliable performance along with a wide range of features, including a step-less interior allowing easy access at street level; car capacity for more than 280 passengers; efficient heating and air conditioning; comfortable interior; enhanced accessibility and safety features; locations for wheelchairs and strollers; active leveling system to ease boarding and exiting; enhanced communications features; and a regenerative braking system that feeds power back into the Metrolinx network.
Bombardier’s FLEXITY low-floorvehicles meet the individual needs of numerous cities, such as Geneva and Zurich (Switzerland), Linz and Innsbruck (Austria), Lodz (Poland), Eskisehir (Turkey), Brussels (Belgium), Marseille (France), Valencia and Alicante (Spain), Palermo (Italy) as well as in the Rhine-Neckar Region, Berlin, Augsburg and Krefeld (Germany).
Final assembly of these additional vehicles for Toronto will take place at Bombardier production facility in Thunder Bay, Ontario.
About the Bombardier Transportation in North America
Bombardier Transportation is the leading provider of metro, commuter and advanced rapid transit vehicles and automated transit systems in North America. Its North American rail business includes six rail manufacturing facilities and a network of operations and maintenance services sites.
Today's announcement is more great news for our local Bombardier plant, for Thunder Bay, and for Northwestern Ontario. The commitment of our Government to mass transit in Ontario continues to provide huge economic benefit to our city and region."stated Bill Mauro, MPP Thunder Bay-Atikokan