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BART orders more rail cars from Bombardier


Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) has confirmed a $681 million order with Bombardier Transportation for 365 additional rail cars for its "Fleet of the Future," Bombardier announced yesterday.

The order is part of a contract signed in June 2012. Bombardier now has firm orders for 775 cars with a total value of $1.5 billion, according to a Bombardier press release.

"We look forward to the successful delivery of 775 innovative, reliable, safe and comfortable rail cars," said BART General Manager Grace Crunican.

Bombardier will assemble the cars at its manufacturing plant in Plattsburgh, N.Y., the company's center for rolling stock production in the United States. In operation since 1995, it has produced more than 3,300 passenger cars and locomotives now in service across the United States, Bombardier officials said.

Ten pilot cars are scheduled to be delivered in spring 2015, followed by testing on the BART system. Delivery of the 765 remaining production series cars is expected to follow between early 2017 and 2021.