Bombardier Transportion has announced entering into an agreement today with Translink to build 205 new cars for Vancouver’s Skytrain transit system.
The modern 5-car trains will be designed by company teams here in Kingston as well as in the southern suburbs of Saint-Bruno, Montreal and also assembled and tested at the Kingston facility. Bombardier designed and supplied the original system for the Skytrain, as well.
Valued at $721 million, the deal includes an additional 400 units of options.
“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 livable cities,” said Elliot G. (Lee) Sander, President, Americas Region, Bombardier Transportation. “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.”
Translink operates transportation systems in Vancouver and its CEO, Kevin Desmond, described the deal as the largest procurement order so far.
“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,” Desmond added. “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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