Bombardier Transportation announced today that it has been selected as the preferred bidder on a major order for rapid transit cars from the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA). The CTA Board selected Bombardier for a base order of 206 rapid transit vehicles and exercised a first option for 200 additional vehicles for a total of 406 cars. The total number of cars involved could increase to 706 should CTA exercise all available options. A contract is expected to be finalized in the next few weeks.
The new rapid transit cars will be the first in the CTA fleet to utilize alternating current (AC) propulsion, a technology that permits dynamic braking regeneration, lower energy and maintenance costs, and improved reliability. Bombardier was the first rail car builder to supply AC propulsion technology to transit authorities in the United States and Canada. The new fleet of cars also will be equipped with a special leveling system to meet requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The system ensures that access to the car floor is level with the station platform during boarding.
The contract calls for delivery of ten prototype cars 30 months after official Notice to Proceed is given by the CTA. The prototypes will undergo nine months of revenue service testing before delivery of production series cars begins.
The CTA operates the second largest public transportation system in the United States, covering the city of Chicago and 40 surrounding suburbs. CTA trains provide about 500,000 customer trips each day via seven routes, 222 miles of track and 144 stations.
William Spurr, President, Bombardier Transportation, North America said: “We are honored to add Chicago to the list of major cities in North America that will be served by Bombardier rapid transit cars — this includes Boston, Mexico City, Montréal, New York and Toronto. Today’s selection of Bombardier as preferred bidder demonstrates our continuing leadership in this sector of the North American market.“
Spurr said Bombardier completed delivery of 1,030 rapid transit cars to New York City Transit in 2003, one of the largest passenger rail car contracts ever undertaken in North America. That fleet has proven highly reliable with an average Mean Distance Between Failure performance well above NYCT’s original 100,000-mile requirement. “Bombardier fully intends to continue that tradition of high performance and reliability with this order for the CTA,” Spurr added.
A world-leading manufacturer of innovative transportation solutions, from regional aircraft and business jets to rail transportation equipment, Bombardier Inc. is a global corporation headquartered in Canada. Its revenues for the fiscal year ended Jan. 31, 2006, were $14.7 billion US and its shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (BBD). News and information are available at www.bombardier.com.
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