Bombardier Transportation announced that the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART) confirmed an order for 150 additional rail cars valued at approximately $266 million. The order represents the exercise of an option under a contract signed on June 14, 2012. With this option, Bombardier now has firm orders for 410 cars with a total value of approximately $897 million.
Designated by BART as its "Fleet of the Future,"the new cars will replace BART's entire existing fleet and enable system expansion. Bombardier will assemble the cars at its manufacturing plant in Plattsburgh, N.Y. Ten pilot cars are scheduled to be delivered in the spring of 2015, followed by comprehensive testing of the pilot cars on the BART system. The delivery of the 400 remaining production series cars is expected to follow between early 2017 and the spring of 2020.
Raymond Bachant, president, Bombardier Transportation North America, said, "We appreciate the confidence that BART is demonstrating in Bombardier and look forward to providing BART, its passengers, and all citizens of the Bay Area with new rail cars that meet the need for rapid, reliable and cost-effective urban transport."