Bombardier to Supply 28 BiLevel Rail Cars for Seattle

Bombardier Transportation has signed two contracts for the supply of – in total – 28 bi-level commuter rail cars with two US west coast transportation authorities.

The procurement was led by Sound Transit (officially Central Puget Sound Regional Transit Authority) in Seattle. The value of the two contracts is in the region of 108 million USD (99 million euros).

Bombardier BiLevel Sound Exterior
Bombardier BiLevel Sounder commuter train exterior

8 of the 28 rail cars will be cab cars, while the remaining 20 will be coaches. The contracts further include options for 33 more rail cars. Bombardier will manufacture them at its site in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada. Delivery will begin in Q4 of 2021.

Elliot G. (Lee) Sander, President, Americas Region, Bombardier Transportation, said:

“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.”

Sounder Commuter Rail

The Sounder commuter rail service is operated by BNSF for Sound Transit. There are two lines going out of Seattle: the North Line to Everett and the South Line to Lakewood. These lines began operating in 2003 and 2000 respectively.

Bombardier BiLevel Coach

Bombardier first introduced its BiLevel car in 1978 and it is now operating for 14 transportation authorities in the US and Canada.

One of the most recent developments for the BiLevel cab car is that it has been redesigned with a crash energy management crumple zone to improve safety in the event of an accident.

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