Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Bombardier wins award for the Olympic Line in Vancouver

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The Canadian UrbanTransit Association recognizes Bombardier's achievement for 60-day streetcardemonstration project in Vancouver, Canada. At the CUTA 2010 Annual Conferenceheld in Ottawa, Canada, Bombardier Transportation received an award for theOlympic Line in the category "Exceptional Performance and OutstandingAchievement" under CUTA's National Transit Corporate Recognition Award Program.

The National TransitCorporate Recognition Awards are designed to highlight successes andachievements at the organizational level of CUTA's member transit systems,business or government agencies. The award recipients were selected by anational committee of transit professionals.

Bombardier Transportationand the City of Vancouver, co-sponsors of the 1.8-kilometer (1.1-mile) OlympicLine, provided free passenger service between January 21 and March 21, 2010.The two 100-percent low-floor BOMBARDIER FLEXITY streetcars, operated byBombardier carried more than 550,000 passengers and made over 13,000 one-waytrips with zero equipment failures, zero station delays and zero injuries.

Raymond Bachant,President, Bombardier Transportation North America, said: "The success of theOlympic Line attests to the extraordinary response to streetcars by commutersin Metro Vancouver. We are gratified by CUTA's recognition and appreciate itsactive role to build support for sustainable public transit." He added, "Ascommunities face growing congestion, light rail can offer a cost-effectiveoption with a positive impact on the urban environment."

The Olympic Linedemonstration project also won a Sustainability Star from the VancouverOrganizing Committee (VANOC) for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games,which acknowledged a product or service representing a new solution to localand global sustainability challenges.

More than 1,500 FLEXITYvehicles are in service around the world. Overall, more than 2,800 Bombardiertrams and light rail vehicles operate or are on order in 100 cities acrossEurope, Australia and North America, including 204 streetcars for the TorontoTransit Commission.