Sumitomo Corp. of America in conjunction with its car builder partner Nippon Sharyo, entered into an agreement in October with Metrolinx in Toronto to execute an option to supply an additional six Diesel Multiple Units (DMUs) to the current contract of 12 DMU vehicles.
The contract price is $22 million for six DMUs and will be for the middle flat-nosed "C-Car", which connects both ends of the slanted nose "A-Cars." Although Metrolinx will be using these additional six cars as a middle car, these "C-cars" can still be operated individually. The vehicles are scheduled for delivery in 2015.
These unique DMU vehicles are new to North America. The vehicles for Metrolinx will meet the stringent Tier 4 emissions standards and will incorporate Crash Energy management features that comply and exceed with Federal Railroad Administration requirements.
Final assembly of the cars will take place at the new production facility in Rochelle, Ill. Operation of the new facility will start in the second quarter of 2012.
These new DMUs will be used for the Air Rail Link (ARL), an express rail link that will connect Pearson Airport with Union Station in downtown Toronto — Canada's two busiest transportation hubs.