April 1, 2011

Metrolinx taps Sumitomo for DMUs



Sumitomo Corp. of America in conjunction with its car builder partner Nippon Sharyo, entered into contract with Metrolinx in Toronto to supply 12 Diesel Multiple Units (DMUs).

The contract price is $53 million for 12 DMUs and includes an option for Metrolinx to purchase up to an additional six cars. If the option is exercised, the total contract would amount to $75 million.

The vehicles are scheduled for delivery in 2014 and will be the first vehicle delivery to Canada for the Sumitomo Corp. of America/ Nippon Sharyo team.

The new DMUs will be used for the Air Rail Link (ARL), which is an express rail link that will connect Pearson Airport with Union Station in downtown Toronto — Canada's two busiest transportation hubs. The ARL service will be operational by 2015, in time for the Pan Am Games, and will offer a critical transit alternative to the five million car trips that take place every year between these destinations.

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