Bombardier Transportation has signed two contracts with a total value of EUR 99 million for the delivery of 28 BiLevel commuter rail cars to two US West Coast transport authorities in a procurement led by Seattle-based Sound Transit. The agreement includes an option for 33 additional rail cars.
The delivery is expected to begin in the fourth quarter of 2021.
The two contracts represent a combination of 8 cab cars and 20 coaches. The cars will be built at Bombardier’s manufacturing site in Thunder Bay, Canada.
The BiLevel commuter car was first introduced four decades ago and is the most popular double-deck commuter rail car in North America. This car is operated by 14 transport authorities across Canada and the United States.
The commuter car is designed to meet changing needs and requirements. The latest steps in that evolution include BiLevel cars equipped with a Crash Energy Management system, full width cab, upgrades to door and air conditioning systems and enhancements to passenger amenities.
“We are very happy to serve our valued, long-term commuter rail car customers as they expand and improve their fleets to meet ridership needs and enhance the passenger experience. These new orders are a demonstration of continued confidence in the BiLevel commuter rail car, a service-proven transit solution that delivers unparalleled reliability,” said Elliot Sander, President, America’s Region, Bombardier Transportation.
A more aerodynamic cab car and new lighting will reduce fuel consumption and increase energy efficiency.
The new car meets all U.S. Federal Railroad Administration and American Public Transportation Association requirements and standards and at the same time is the lightest and most cost-efficient double-deck car in North America.
Across North America, 1,400 Bombardier BiLevel commuter rail cars are operating on the railway networks. They are also in commercial services on the GO Transit network in Toronto. BiLevel commuter rail cars for service with GO Transit in Toronto. In 2019, Metrolinx and Bombardier signed a contract for the supply of 36 BiLevel cars.