Bombardier Transportation recently announced that it is opening a rail car assembly site in Pittsburg, Calif.
The premier rail equipment off the Pittsburg assembly line will be the “Fleet of the Future” rail cars from Bombardier’s 775-car contract with BART. The work, which is currently underway at the Bombardier site in upstate New York, will be transferred to its new “sister site” in California over the coming months. The move will serve several purposes, Bombardier noted, such as “retaining and creating local jobs in Pittsburg and freeing up space at the New York site for new and upcoming East Coast orders.”
“We are pleased that the new rail cars for Bay Area passengers will now be produced in the Bay Area by Bay Area citizens,” said Elliot G. (Lee) Sander, President, Americas Division, Bombardier. “The Pittsburg site will also enable Bombardier to pursue additional business opportunities in the growing rail transit equipment market on the West Coast and to serve this market with increased effectiveness. We’d like to thank the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development for its support, which includes the award of a California Competes Tax Credit.”
“The Fleet of the Future cars have received rave reviews from our riders and we are thrilled to welcome Bombardier to the Bay Area,” said BART General Manager Grace Crunican.