The New Jersey Transit Corporation and Bombardier have signed a contract for 113 multilevel III passenger cars. This contract is worth 669 million US dollars (585 million euros). It also includes options for up to 886 further cars.
Bombardier says this is its third contract with NJ TRANSIT for its popular passenger cars. Previous contracts from 2002 and 2010 saw Bombardier provide 429 multilevel I and II cars. NJ TRANSIT is now successfully using these passenger cars.
Elliot G. (Lee) Sander, President, Americas Region, Bombardier Transportation, said:
“We are privileged to have been a partner with NJ TRANSIT since 1980 and are pleased to have this opportunity to continue to work together as NJ TRANSIT embarks on its comprehensive initiative to improve the customer experience.”
Pierre-Yves Cohen, President, responsible for products and engineering at Bombardier Transportation, said:
“We are confident that our new Multilevel III cars, with their enhanced technical features and passenger amenities, will provide exceptional service and meet passengers’ evolving expectations. This contract will consist of cab cars, trailer cars, restroom-equipped trailer cars and new power cars that can replace locomotives and create self-propelled trains, providing NJ TRANSIT with increased operational flexibility. Additionally, the Multilevel III cars will be fully compatible and interoperable with the Multilevel I and II cars.”
The multilevel III passenger cars will feature colour infotainment screens. They will also give real-time information about stations and connections. Passengers will be able to access USB charging ports at comfortable 2×2 seats. The cars come with on-board video surveillance for added security. Furthermore these passenger cars have wider multi-use areas for wheelchairs and new bicycle racks. Another beneficial feature for passengers with reduced mobility are the motorised doors to the toilets, as they make access easier. The LED lighting system has automatic brightness control. Lastly, these multilevel III passenger cars have positive train control equipment. This increases passenger safety.
Significantly, NJ TRANSIT is the largest state-wide public transport network in the US. It is also the third-largest transit system in the country. It is a long-standing Bombardier customer. Bombardier has supplied hundreds of single-decker and double-decker commuter cars to NJ TRANSIT. Bombardier has further supplied ALP-46 and ALP-46A electric locomotives as well as ALP-45DP dual power locomotives.
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