Canadian Packaging

Metrolinx places $770-million Bombardier order


June 16, 2010
by Canadian Manufacturing Daily Staff

Metrolinx, the transportation body charged with managing the greater Toronto area (GTA)’s transportation system, has excerised its option for 182 more Bombardier Flexity light rail vehicles included in a June 2009 contract.

Final assembly of these additional vehicles for Toronto will take place at Bombardier’s Thunder Bay, Ontario production facility.

The agreement is valued at approximately $770 million and deliveries will take place between 2013 and 2020. Under the agreement, up to an additional 118 vehicles could be ordered at a later date.

“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 of 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 Flexity five-module bi-directional vehicles are more than 28 meters long and 2.65 meters wide and include a stepless interior; 280-passenger capacity; heating and air conditioning; enhanced accessibility and safety features; locations for wheelchairs and strollers; active leveling system to ease boarding and exiting; and a regenerative braking system that feeds power back into the Metrolinx network.

These vehicles are currently in operation in Switzerland, Austria, Poland, Turkey, Belgium, France, Spain, Italy and Germany.

Bombardier Transportation makes rapid transit vehicles and automated transit systems. Its North American rail business includes six rail manufacturing facilities and a network of operations and maintenance services sites.

Photo courtesy of Bombardier.