Bombardier Awarded Second Contract from NJ TRANSIT for MultiLevel Commuter Rail Cars
New vehicles are key element of NJ TRANSIT rolling stock modernization program
Bombardier Transportation announced today that it has received an order for 100 MultiLevel commuter rail cars from the New Jersey Transit Corporation (NJ TRANSIT). The contract is valued at approximately $267 million US (210 million euro) and includes options for up to 79 additional vehicles.
The order represents Bombardier’s second contract with NJ TRANSIT for this type of vehicle. Under a 2003 contract, Bombardier provided 329 MultiLevel vehicles now in successful operation at NJ TRANSIT.
“We are proud to be a partner with NJ TRANSIT in offering rail transportation as a solution for increasing mobility, reducing congestion, and benefiting the environment and the regional economy. This new order for our reliable, safe, and comfortable equipment illustrates the confidence NJ TRANSIT places in Bombardier and our products,” said Raymond Bachant, President, Bombardier Transportation, North America.
The MultiLevel vehicles feature upper and lower seating levels as well as a spacious intermediate level at each end of the car --- making them truly “multi-level” --- and offer high levels of capacity, comfort and convenience. Each coach has 15 to 30 percent more seating capacity than a typical single-level car, yet is specially designed to meet the infrastructure constraints of certain rail networks, such as those posed by tunnels.
Comfort features include a two-by-two seating configuration that eliminates the middle seat found on many single-level vehicles, specially designed seats with improved lumbar support, and more leg room, knee room and seat width than found in conventional coaches. Large side doors located at the intermediate level provide accessibility from both high and low level platforms. Bombardier is also providing MultiLevel vehicles for Montreal’s commuter rail lines. Specially-configured versions of the MultiLevel vehicles operate in the Atlantic City Express Service between New York City and Atlantic City.
NJ TRANSIT is the largest statewide public transportation system in the United States and an established customer of Bombardier. Over the years, Bombardier has provided hundreds of push-pull commuter coaches and MultiLevel vehicles to NJ TRANSIT. In terms of locomotives, Bombardier has supplied 29 electric locomotives of the type BOMBARDIER ALP-46 and is currently filling orders for 36 ALP-46A electric locomotives, an upgraded version of the original product, as well as 26 ALP-45DP dual-powered locomotives. In addition, Bombardier was a member of the consortium that designed and built NJ TRANSIT’s turnkey RiverLINE light rail system between Camden and Trenton, New Jersey and now operates and maintains the system under a contract with NJ TRANSIT.
About Bombardier Transportation
Bombardier Transportation, a global leader in rail technology, offers the broadest portfolio in the rail industry and delivers innovative products and services that set new standards in sustainable mobility. BOMBARDIER ECO4 technologies – built on the four cornerstones of energy, efficiency, economy and ecology – conserve energy, protect the environment and help to improve total train performance. Bombardier Transportation is headquartered in Berlin, Germany and has a presence in over 60 countries. It has an installed base of over 100,000 vehicles worldwide.
A world-leading manufacturer of innovative transportation solutions, from commercial aircraft and business jets to rail transportation equipment, systems and services, Bombardier Inc. is a global corporation headquartered in Canada. Its revenues for the fiscal year ended Jan. 31, 2010, were $19.4 billion US, and its shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (BBD). Bombardier is listed as an index component to the Dow Jones Sustainability World and North America indexes. News and information are available at www.bombardier.com
Photo : MultiLevel commuter rail car for the New Jersey Transit Corporation
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