MD: Maryland Transit places $154M order for Bombardier MultiLevel Rail Cars

Bombardier Inc. has received a $154-million order from the Maryland Transit Administration, the third system in North America to choose the MultiLevel rail vehicles.

The order, announced from Berlin where Bombardier's rail division has its global headquarters, is for 54 passenger rail cars of a type currently used by the New Jersey Transit Corp. and the Montreal metropolitan transportation agency.

The stainless steel carbodies will be fabricated at Bombardier's plant in La Pocatiere, Que., while final manufacturing and assembly taking place at its plant in Plattsburgh, N.Y.

The vehicles have upper and lower seating levels as well as an intermediate level at each end of the car, but they're designed to meet constraints of existing infrastructure such as tunnels..

Deliveries to MTA are expected to take place in 2013 from May to December. The new vehicles will be used to replace some older rolling stock and to increase the transit authority's fleet.

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