Thursday, May 13, 2010

Toronto taps Bombardier for more subway cars

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The Toronto Transit Commission has exercised options to buy 186 subway cars—31 six-car trainsets—valued at approximately C$390 million (US$378 million) from Bombardier Transportation. The cars are scheduled to be delivered between 2012 and 2013.

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The options are part of the “Toronto Rocket” contract signed in December 2006. A base order of 234 cars is under construction.

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The heavily-traveled TTC subway system, which carried a record 471 million riders in 2009, is undergoing a major expansion. The C$2.6 billion extension of the Yonge-University Spadina from Downview to Vaughan, a 3.8-mile, six-station route, is expected to carry 80,000 riders daily when completed in 2015.