Friday, June 15, 2012

Bombardier signs BART contract for new cars

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Bombardier Transportation said Thursday it has signed a contract with Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART) for 260 new rail cars, valued at about $631 million.

The order includes an option for 150 cars, which BART plans to order June 25, bringing the total order to 410 cars and the cost to about $896 million. All 410 cars would be in revenue service by 2020. Additional orders could push the total to 775 cars, if exercised.

BART selected Bombardier May 10, noting its "Fleet of the Future" program would be assembled within the U.S., with at least 66% of its contents "made in America." Bombardier's bid met those requirements while being 12% lower than any other bidder, as well as landing the highest technical rating.

The cars will be assembled at Bombardier's manufacturing plant in Plattsburgh, N.Y., Bombardier's center for rolling stock production in the U.S. The cars will be powered by MITRAC propulsion equipment with energy-efficient

inverters. Bombardier's Propulsion and Controls business unit, located in Pittsburgh, will supply the propulsion and control equipment.

Bombardier Transportation North America President Raymond Bachant said: "Bombardier is honored to have been selected to build BART's Fleet of the Future and delighted to add the San Francisco Bay Area to the list of major metropolitan regions across North America and around the world that rely on Bombardier for metro cars that offer the highest levels of quality, performance and reliability. We look forward to working with BART to provide environmentally responsible, energy efficient and convenient transportation for the citizens of the Bay Area for years to come."