Bombardier has been awarded a $258 million contract as part of a broader $1 billion agreement to build a light rail transit system in Queensland, Australia, the Quebec-based aerospace and railway systems manufacturer said Wednesday.
Bombardier Transportation, the Berlin-based division of Bombardier Inc., said the contract between the Queensland government and the GoldLinQ consortium involves an 18-year private-public partnership.
The Gold Coast Rapid Transit system is designed to deliver a public transit service capable of handling 50,000 passengers a day with a built-in capacity to expand to 75,000 passenger per day.
Sixteen stations are planned for the 13-kilometre light rail corridor, which will serve the new Gold Coast University Hospital and Griffith University. Passenger services are scheduled to start in 2014.
Bombardier Transportation will design and supply the system-wide engineering and mechanical elements, including 14 Flexity 2 light rail vehicles, plus signalling and control systems, communication systems, electrification including traction power supply substations and overhead line equipment.
It will also provide project management, systems engineering and integration, testing and commissioning for the new LRVs and signalling system.
Bombardier will also provide depot and plant equipment required for LRV and rail system maintenance. In addition, it will provide vehicle maintenance for 15 years.
The Canadian Press
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