Bombardier Transportation announced that it has received an order from the Florida Department of Transportation for the supply of 14 Bombardier BiLevel rail cars for the central Florida SunRail commuter rail project to provide service to the Orlando area. This 14-car order brings the total number of North American BiLevel car customers to 14 with nearly 1,000 cars already in operation across the United States and Canada. Hundreds of thousands of commuters in major metropolitan centers including Miami, Dallas/Forth Worth, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Franciso, Seattle, Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal rely on Bombardier BiLevel commuter rail cars to get them to and from work every day.
The contract is valued at approximately $41 million. Under the agreement, up to an additional 46 vehicles could be ordered. Deliveries are planned between May and August 2013.
"Bombardier is proud to be part of this very important expansion of public transit in central Florida by offering rail transportation as a solution for increasing mobility, reducing congestion, and benefiting the regional economy," said Raymond Bachant, president, Bombardier Transportation, North America. "We greatly appreciate the confidence the Florida Department of Transportation has placed in us."
In service since 1978, the Bombardier BiLevel commuter rail car is a service-proven transit solution that provides unparalleled reliability and cost efficiency, along with one of the shortest delivery schedules in the industry. BiLevel cars offer the cost advantages of a common platform, while allowing customers to build-in features that meet specific needs and requirements.
Bombardier has provided rail cars and services in Florida since the early 1970's. It has supplied Bombardier Innovia 100 APM automated people movers to the City of Miami's downtown Metromover, as well as to the international airports of Miami, Orlando, and Tampa, for which it is also responsible for operations and maintenance. Bombardier also maintains transportation systems at the Orlando International Airport. The South Florida Regional Transportation Authority relies on Bombardier BiLevel cars and its maintenance services to provide its TriRail commuter transit service between Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach, Florida. It has also supplied Bombardier Innovia 100 Monorail systems to the JTA Skyway in Jacksonville, Florida.