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Bombardier obtains car fleet contracts in Canada, U.K.


The Government of Quebec recently contracted Bombardier Transportation to supply up to 160 multi-level rail cars to Montreal’s Agence Métropolitaine de Transport (AMT). The $381 million contract includes a base order of 30 cars with options for 130 additional vehicles.

The stainless-steel cars will operate both on AMT’s existing network as well as the future train de l’Est line. The vehicles will feature two main levels of passenger seating zones and an intermediate level, ergonomic seats, audio-visual passenger-information systems that use GPS technology to make announcements, and restrooms. Each car will accommodate up to 200 passengers.

Meanwhile, Bombardier also obtained two contracts in the United Kingdom. The firm won a $236 million contract from East Midlands Trains to provide fleet provision and maintenance services for the new East Midlands Trains Franchise fleet of 127 Class 222 Meridian vehicles. The contract will last for the duration of the franchise, according to Bombardier.

Bombardier also obtained a $46 million contract from BAA Ltd. to replace the existing inter-terminal transit system at London Gatwick Airport. Bombardier will supply six CX-100 vehicles, and all electrical and mechanical equipment for the system. The fully automated vehicles will replace the airport’s original fleet — which Bombardier supplied in 1987 — and operate on the existing elevated guideway that connects the North and South terminals.

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