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April 17: Updates from Bombardier and CAF USA


•       Bombardier Transportation has teamed up with the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority in a demonstration project designed to enhance the safety of rail transit workers at the track side, according to a company press release. The project was approved by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), which is hoping to use the project to mitigate the risks of accidents for passengers and transit system. Between 2003 and 2008, 53 percent of reported rail transit worker fatalities were right-of- way related incidents, according to FTA statistics.

•    Bombardier also has inaugurated a new, state-of-the-art monorail vehicle manufacturing facility in Hortolandia, Sao Paulo, Brazil. The new production site represents an investment of $15 million and will serve as Bombardier's global production center for monorails. At the site, Bombardier will add 250 new jobs directly dedicated to railway vehicle production, including aluminum car-body, bogie and final assembly activities, the company said in a press release.

•    The city of Cincinnati has selected CAF USA as the preferred vendor to manufacture up to five modern streetcars for the first phase of the Cincinnati streetcar project. The city will enter into contract negotiations with CAF USA before a final contract is awarded, city officials said in a prepared statement. The vehicles will comply with the Buy America program, which requires they be produced with at least 60 percent domestic content and that final assembly of the cars occurs in the United States. The Cincinnati vehicles would be assembled at CAF USA’s plant in Elmira, N.Y.

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