On Monday, Bombardier Transportation received an order from Metrolinx for the supply of 50 Bombardier BiLevel commuter railcars to be delivered to GO Transit in Toronto. The contract for the 50 railcars is valued at approximately $128 million.
The vehicles will be built at Bombardier’s Thunder Bay, Ontario, manufacturing facility. Production is scheduled to start in June 2011, with first deliveries in November 2011.
In service since 1978, the BiLevel car was designed in cooperation with GO Transit, now a division of Metrolinx. The objective was to establish a user-friendly, 162-seat car with a baseline design for future modifications.
The BiLevel car operates in 13 major cities across Canada and the U.S., including urban centers such as Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal, Los Angeles, San Diego, Dallas/Fort Worth, San Francisco and Seattle. This latest order from Metrolinx will include the 1,000th BiLevel car manufactured in Thunder Bay.
Bombardier’s Thunder Bay plant is actively working on the supply of Toronto’s latest generation of metro cars, as well as light rail vehicles for the Toronto Transit Commission and Metrolinx.