Dec 21, 2012– Berlin, Germany (Techreleased) – Rail technology leader Bombardier Transportation announced today that Ontario’s Metrolinx/GO Transit has exercised options for 10 years of fleet operations and maintenance services for its commuter rail system serving the city of Toronto and surrounding regions. The total value of these two contracts, which are extended to 2023, is approximately $927 million CDN ($937 million US, 707 million euro).
A division of Metrolinx, GO Transit is the regional public transit service for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton area, carrying 62 million passengers a year. GO runs 187 train trips and 2,075 bus trips daily, transporting about 226,300 passengers on a typical weekday – 175,300 on the trains and 51,000 by bus. Since service began in the late 1960s, more than a billion riders have taken the GO Train or Bus – to work or school, to go home, or for leisure activities.
“GO Transit is one of the most vibrant commuter rail operators in North America and has been a huge success story for more than 40 years. For Bombardier, being part of this success is more than gratifying,” said Raymond Bachant, President, Bombardier Transportation North America. “This extension confirms once more Bombardier’s leadership position as a services provider for passenger rail fleets in North America and worldwide. Our strong services portfolio complements our innovative products and technologies, allowing us to form a true partnership with our customers throughout the entire product life cycle.”
Bombardier has provided fleet maintenance services to GO Transit since 1997 and operations since 2008 and has also supplied more than 600 BOMBARDIER BiLevel rail coaches that make up the transit authority’s commuter rail fleet. BiLevel coaches are manufactured at production facilities in Thunder Bay, Ontario. The BiLevel caris the most popular multi-level commuter rail car in North America, with operations in 14 major cities across Canada and the United States.