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South African government contracts public-private partners to build, maintain 50-mile passenger-rail line

South Africa’s Gauteng Provincial Government recently awarded a $3.3 billion contract to the Bombela Consortium, a public-private partnership that will finance, design, build, operate and maintain a 50-mile passenger-rail line. The consortium comprises Bombardier Transportation, French civil contractor Bouygues Travaux Publics, South African civil contractor Murray & Roberts, and Strategic Partners Group.

Construction will begin immediately on the line, which will link Johannesburg, Tshwane and the Johannesburg International Airport.

Under its $950 million portion of the 54-month design-build contract, Bombardier will supply core electrical and mechanical systems, including 96 Electrostar vehicles. The company also will provide power supply and distribution, communication and automatic fare-collection systems, as well as track and maintenance equipment. Bombardier also obtained a $700 million share of the 15-year maintenance contract.

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