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Metrolinx earlier this week announced it will purchase 36 additional bilevel rail cars from Bombardier Transportation for GO Transit.
Metrolinx will add 31 standard and five accessible cars to an existing 125-car order it placed in 2016.
The new cars include Bombardier's Orbita system that will allow Metrolinx staff to obtain real-time performance data and pinpoint issues relating to doors, HVAC systems, electrical equipment and other components.
"More bilevel cars allow us to add seat capacity as we continue to rapidly expand GO train service," said Phil Verster, president and chief executive officer of Metrolinx, in a press release. "In addition, trains with improved onboard diagnostic tools allows us to improve customer experience and generate savings on maintenance, which … will keep more trains performing at peak service levels for our customers."
The cars will be manufactured at a Bombardier facility in Thunder Bay, Ontario.