Vancouver SkyTrain to Get 41 New Metro Vehicles

Bombardier Transportation has won a contract with TransLink for the supply of 205 rail cars for Vancouver’s (Canada) SkyTrain network. They will run as 41 five-car trains.

The contract is worth 721 million CAD (461 million euros | 565 million USD) and includes options for up to 400 further cars.

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

“We value our long-term partnership with TransLink and our role in supporting the public transit system that makes Vancouver one of the world’s most liveable cities

“The new rail cars will be designed, assembled and tested in Canada, which makes us very proud. We look forward to continuing to meet the mobility requirements of the growing Metro Vancouver region and contributing to its sustainable development.”

Bombardier wins a contract for new rail cars for Vancouver's SkyTrain
Bombardier wins a contract for new rail cars for Vancouver’s SkyTrain

Bombardier will design the rail cars in St-Bruno, Quebec, and in Kingston, Ontario. Assembly will take place in Kingston, and further testing and commissioning will be performed by Bombardier staff in Metro Vancouver.

Bombardier designed and supplied the original SkyTrain system that opened in Vancouver, British Columbia, in 1986. It has also supplied all three generations of automated vehicles for the Expo and Millennium Lines.

Kevin Desmond, CEO, TransLink, said:

“This will be the largest fleet procurement order we’ve ever undertaken. These new SkyTrain cars will not only help replace our aging fleet, but also prepare Metro Vancouver’s transit system for the upcoming SkyTrain expansion. Bombardier has been selected following a thorough evaluation process and we look forward to once again working with them to renew and expand our SkyTrain fleet.”

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