Will supply San Francisco with 260 Metro cars.
MONTREAL: Bombardier Transportation has signed a deal valued at up to $1.6 billion with the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART) to new rail cars.
The Berlin-based rail subsidiary of Bombardier Inc. in Montreal said the initial order of 150 cars is valued at $647 million with additional options bringing the total to more than $1.6 billion.
The new Metro cars replace BART’s existing fleet and will be used to expand the system.
New features include more doors for faster and easier boarding; more priority seating for seniors and people with disabilities; more comfortable seats; bike racks; energy efficient lighting; interior and exterior digital displays showing passenger information; an improved public address system, including automated announcements; and improved onboard security cameras.
The cars will be assembled at Bombardier’s manufacturing plant in Plattsburgh, NY, Bombardier’s base for rolling stock production in the US.
Ten pilot cars will be delivered in the spring of 2015 with remaining 250 cars to arrive in early 2017 and the spring of 2019.
The deal follows another major agreement earlier this month to manufacture 300 subway cars for New York City Transit valued at US$599 million.
Bombardier’s current North American orders also include 706 new subway cars for Chicago, 468 cars for Montreal, and 420 cars for Toronto.
Files from Canadian Press