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NJ Transit contracts Bombardier to provide 113 commuter-rail cars

NJ Transit has ordered 113 cars and retains an option to buy an additional 886 cars.
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Bombardier Transportation yesterday announced it obtained a $669 million contract to supply 113 Multilevel III commuter-rail cars to New Jersey Transit. The contract includes options for up to 886 additional cars.
The Multilevel III cars will feature onboard video surveillance systems, intelligent LED lighting systems and positive train control equipment. The contract includes cab cars, trailer cars, restroom-equipped trailer cars and new power cars that can replace locomotives and create self-propelled trains, providing NJ Transit with increased operational flexibility, Bombardier officials said in a press release.

The car contract is the company’s third with NJ Transit. Under contracts awarded in 2002 and 2010, Bombardier provided 429 Multilevel I and II cars that remain in operation.

"We are confident that our new Multilevel III cars, with their enhanced technical features and passenger amenities, will provide exceptional service and meet passengers' evolving expectations," said Bombardier President Pierre-Yves Cohen. "Additionally, the Multilevel III cars will be fully compatible and interoperable with the Multilevel I and II cars."