Bombardier to supply new generation of passenger rail cars for New Jersey

By Catherine Sturman
Global mobility provider Bombardier Transportation has signed a US$669mn contract for 113 Multilevel III commuter rail cars with the New Jersey Transit...

Global mobility provider Bombardier Transportation has signed a US$669mn contract for 113 Multilevel III commuter rail cars with the New Jersey Transit Corporation. The contract is valued at US$669mn and includes options for up to 886 additional cars. This represents Bombardier’s third contract with NJ TRANSIT.

Pierre-Yves Cohen, President, responsible for products and engineering at Bombardier Transportation, said, “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.”

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The range of new features on the Multilevel III cars will include: colour infotainment screens that display real-time information about stations and connections; USB charging ports located at comfortable 2x2 seats; an onboard video surveillance system for increased security; wider vestibules for improved wheelchair accessibility; new bicycle racks; an intelligent LED lighting system with automatic brightness control; and motorised restroom doors for easier access for all passengers. The cars will be equipped with Positive Train Control equipment for increased passenger safety.

Following US rulings that manufacturing should be bought back in house, the deal will require no additional work for its Canadian operations, where the company’s plant in Plattsburgh will cater to increased demands.

Headquartered in Montreal, Canada, Bombardier has production and engineering sites in 28 countries across the segments of Transportation, Business Aircraft, Commercial Aircraft and Aerostructures and Engineering Services. Bombardier shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (BBD). In the fiscal year ended December 31, 2017, Bombardier posted revenues of $16.2bn.

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