Bombardier Wins Train Operations Contract in British Columbia
Bombardier Transportation announced today that it has signed a contract to provide train operations for TransLinks highly successful West Coast Express commuter rail system in the Lower Mainland region of British Columbia. The contract is valued at approximately $17 million CAD ($15 million US, 11 million euro) and includes train operations for fiveyears. Options for three additional five-year periods can also be exercised.
The Bombardier team will mobilize for service at the beginning of 2014 and assume train operations responsibility in May 2014.
Bombardier will provide train operations for the West Coast ExpressBOMBARDIER BiLevelcommuter rail fleet of 44 vehicles. Close to 1,200BiLevelcars are already in operation across the United States and Canada.
Were extremely pleased to expand our long standing relationship with Bombardier as a vehicle and technology provider, to now include rail operations, said Fred Cummings, President and General Manager of the British Columbia Rapid Transit Co. Ltd. We have developed a successful partnership over the years, and we look forward to Bombardier continuing to provide the safe, reliable, and courteous service our West Coast Express customers have grown to expect.
West Coast Express has built an enviable reputation for reliability and exceptional customer service since its first trip in 1995. Bombardier appreciates the importance of maintaining and building on the West Coast Express record of good customer service, added Raymond Bachant, President, Bombardier Transportation North America.
Bombardier has a long-standing track record of providing operations and maintenance services to transit systems across North America including Agence Mtropolitaine de Transport in Montral, GOTransit in Toronto, the Maryland Area Regional Commuter (MARC) Train Service, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, New Jersey Transit, North County Transit District in California, OCTranspo in Ottawa, the South Florida Regional Transit Authority, the Southern California Regional Rail Authority and, beginning in the spring of 2014, the Central Florida Commuter Rail Transit project (SunRail) Train Service. Bombardier also supports transit systems with overhaul and refurbishment programs and material and technology solutions.