Bombardier Transportation announced signing a contract to provide train operations for TransLink’s highly successful West Coast Express commuter rail system in the Lower Mainland region of British Columbia. The contract is valued at approximately $17 million CAD ($15 million US, 11 million euro) and includes train operations for five years. Options for three additional five-year periods can also be exercised.
The Bombardier team will mobilize for service at the beginning of 2014 and assume train operations responsibility in May 2014.
Bombardier will provide train operations for the West Coast Express BOMBARDIER BiLevel commuter rail fleet of 44 vehicles. Close to 1,200 BiLevel cars are already in operation across the United States and Canada.
[blockquote style=”1″]We’re extremely pleased to expand our long standing relationship with Bombardier as a vehicle and technology provider, to now include rail operations,” said Fred Cummings, President and General Manager of the British Columbia Rapid Transit Co. Ltd. “We have developed a successful partnership over the years, and we look forward to Bombardier continuing to provide the safe, reliable, and courteous service our West Coast Express customers have grown to expect. [/blockquote]
Bombardier has a long-standing track record of providing operations and maintenance services to transit systems across North America including Agence Métropolitaine de Transport in Montréal, GO Transit in Toronto, the Maryland Area Regional Commuter (MARC) Train Service, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, New Jersey Transit, North County Transit District in California, OC Transpo in Ottawa, the South Florida Regional Transit Authority, the Southern California Regional Rail Authority and, beginning in the spring of 2014, the Central Florida Commuter Rail Transit project (SunRail) Train Service. Bombardier also supports transit systems with overhaul and refurbishment programs and material and technology solutions.