Bombardier Transportation announced that it has signed with New Jersey Transit Corporation (NJ Transit) a EUR 585 million contract for the supply of 113 Multilevel III commuter rail cars. The contract includes options for up to 886 additional cars.
Under the contract, Bombardier will deliver 58 electric power cars (EMUs) and 55 non-powered trailer cars. The base order is for 58 multilevel power cars, 33 cab cars, 16 trailer cars and 6 trailer cars with restrooms. There are also options for an additional 636 cars to replace the remaining single-level cars and accommodate future growth.
The vehicles are scheduled to begin testing in the third quarter of 2022 and are expected to enter service during the second quarter of 2023.
The range of new features on the Multilevel III cars will include color infotainment screens that display real-time information about stations and connections, USB charging ports, an onboard video surveillance system, wider vestibules for improved wheelchair accessibility, new bicycle racks, an intelligent LED lighting system with automatic brightness control and motorized restroom doors for easier access for all passengers. The cars will be equipped with Positive Train Control equipment for increased passenger safety.
In December, NJ Transit has approved the contract. This is Bombardier’s third contract with the rail operator for this popular car. Under contracts awarded in 2002 and 2010, Bombardier provided 429 Multilevel I and II cars now in operation at NJ Transit.