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Metrolinx Orders 125 Railcars

Metrolinx in Toronto has exercised options for an additional 125 bi-level railcars from Bombardier Transportation, for service with GO Transit, valued at $328 million ($428 million Cdn.), with construction due to begin in 2018 at the Thunder Bay, ON, plant.

“We are ordering new train cars so we can continue to provide high-quality service while introducing more travel options for our customers,” said Metrolinx President & Chief Executive Officer Bruce McCuaig. “These new cars are an important part of our fleet strategy as we expand GO Transit service and they will support the introduction of electric service. Bombardier has extensive experience delivering coaches for us over nearly four decades and we are confident they can meet the order.”

McCuaig noted that service improvements like this one will roll out continuously during GO Transit’s 10-year expansion program. The 125 new railcars will help the system meet its five-year service expansion plans.

The new railcars can be used by either diesel or electric locomotives, supporting GO Transit’s plans to introduce electric operations while maintaining some diesel service in select areas.

According to Bombardier, 14 metropolitan regions in the U.S. and Canada use its bi-level coaches, with more than 1,300 of the vehicles either in operation or on order.
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