Deal for new trains worth approximately US$599 million
BERLIN: Bombardier Transportation has signed a contract to manufacture 300 subway cars with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) to be delivered to New York City Transit (NYCT). The order is worth about US$599 million (CDN$623 million).
The cars, known as the R179 series, will be built at Bombardier’s plant in Plattsburgh, New York. The R179 cars will incorporate state-of-the-art technology, said Bombardier, and will be powered by BOMBARDIER MITRAC propulsion equipment with new, energy-efficient inverters. The cars’ on-board systems will be integrated by Bombardier’s industry-leading MITRAC train control and management system with internet protocol technology. The propulsion and control equipment will be supplied by Bombardier’s propulsion and controls business unit in Pittsburgh.
Delivery of 10 pilot cars is scheduled for the third quarter of 2014, followed by delivery of the remaining production series cars between mid-2015 and early 2017.
“We’re proud that NYCT has shown its confidence in our products and technologies once again, and we look forward to providing high quality, reliable, safe rail cars for the millions of people who ride New York’s subway system every day,” said Raymond Bachant, president of Bombardier Transportation North America.