The BOMBARDIER BiLevel commuter rail car is designed to maximize passenger capacity and operating savings. Its attractive appearance and outstanding comfort create a favorable impression with the riding public, too. The car's time-tested design offers benefits to established agencies and start-up operations alike.
In service since 1978, the BiLevel car was designed in cooperation with GO Transit, now part of Metrolinx. The objective was to establish a user-friendly, 162-seat car with a baseline design for future modifications.
The car's superior economics are indisputable. Bombardier's BiLevel technology offers 70% more capacity than single-level coaches. BiLevel trains generate 15-30% overall savings in operational cost. Their maintenance costs are substantially lower, too, and they are particularly effective in start-up situations… all factors that add up to big savings for a commuter operator.
The car's flexible design allows proprietary identity: Today, over 1,300 BiLevel cars are in operation at on order with transit authorities in 14 cities across Canada and the United States.
BiLevel coach customers:
- Agence Métropolitaine de Transport, Montréal
- Central Puget Sound Regional Transit Authority, Seattle (Sounder)
- Metrolinx, Toronto (GO Transit)
- Metropolitan Council, Minneapolis – St. Paul (Northstar)
- Mid-Region Council of Governments, Albuquerque (New Mexico Rail Runner Express)
- North County Transit District, North San Diego County (Coaster)
- Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, San Francisco – San Jose (Caltrain)
- San Joaquin Regional Rail Commission, Stockton – San Jose (Altamont Corridor Express)
- South Florida Regional Transportation Authority, Pompano Beach (Tri-Rail)
- Southern California Regional Rail Authority, Los Angeles (Metrolink)
- SunRail, Central Florida
- TransLink, Vancouver (West Coast Express)
- Trinity Railway Express, Dallas - Fort Worth
- Utah Transit Authority, Salt Lake City (FrontRunner)