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Rail News: Mechanical
Bombardier to move BART rail-car assembly to California
Bombardier Transportation last week announced it will open a rail-car assembly site in Pittsburg, California.
The first equipment off the assembly line will be for Bay Area Rapid Transit’s (BART) 775-car contract with Bombardier.
Currently, Bombardier is assembling BART’s order at a site in New York state. Later this year, the work will be transferred to the Pittsburg location to free up space at the New York site for new and upcoming orders on the East Coast, according to a Bombardier press release.
As of May 1, BART has received 84 rail cars, with 48 currently in service, according to the BART website.
In a recent passenger survey, BART found that the majority of features on the Bombardier cars in service were well-received. The top-rated features included ease of boarding, lighting, audio announcements, floor-to-ceiling poles and digital displays.
All 775 cars are expected to be delivered by 2020.
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