Bombardier Wins Train Operations Contract in British Columbia

  • Award confirms Bombardier’s leadership position as a rail services provider

Rail technology leader Bombardier Transportation announced today that it has signed 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.

“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.”

“West Coast Express has built an enviable reputation for reliability and exceptional customer service since its first trip in 1995. Bombardier appreciates the importance of maintaining and building on the West Coast Express record of good customer service,” added Raymond Bachant, President, Bombardier Transportation North America.

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.

About Bombardier Transportation

Bombardier Transportation, a global leader in rail technology, offers the broadest portfolio in the rail industry and delivers innovative products and services that set new standards in sustainable mobility. BOMBARDIER ECO4 technologies – built on the four cornerstones of energy, efficiency, economy and ecology – conserve energy, protect the environment and help to improve total train performance for operators and passengers. Bombardier Transportation is headquartered in Berlin, Germany, and has a very diverse customer base with products or services in more than 60 countries. It has an installed base of over 100,000 vehicles worldwide.

About Bombardier

Bombardier is the world’s only manufacturer of both planes and trains. Looking far ahead while delivering today, Bombardier is evolving mobility worldwide by answering the call for more efficient, sustainable and enjoyable transportation everywhere. Our vehicles, services and, most of all, our employees are what make us a global leader in transportation.

Bombardier is headquartered in Montréal, Canada. Our shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (BBD) and we are listed on the Dow Jones Sustainability World and North America Indexes. In the fiscal year ended December 31, 2012, we posted revenues of $16.8 billion. News and information are available at or follow us on Twitter @Bombardier.

Notes to Editors

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