Bombardier Transportation announced today that it has signed a contract with the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART) for the supply of 260 new rail cars. The order is valued at approximately $631 million US ($647 million CDN, 502 million euro). The contract includes a first option order for 150 cars that BART intends to order in June, 2012 and additional options which, if exercised, would bring the total number of cars ordered to 775 and the total value of the order to approximately $1.5 billion US ($1.6 billion CDN, 1.2 billion euro).
Designated by BART as its “Fleet of the Future”, the new cars will be used to replace BART’s entire existing fleet as well as for system expansion. They will offer a range of new features such as more doors to make boarding faster and easier; more priority seating for seniors and people with disabilities; more comfortable seats; bike racks; energy efficient lighting; interior and exterior digital displays showing passenger information; an improved public address system, including automated announcements; and improved onboard security cameras.
The cars will be assembled at Bombardier’s manufacturing plant in Plattsburgh, New York. The Plattsburgh facility is Bombardier’s center for rolling stock production in the United States. In operation since 1995, it has produced more than 3,000 passenger rail cars and locomotives now in service across the United States.
The cars will be powered by highly reliable BOMBARDIER MITRAC propulsion equipment with energy-efficient inverters. The cars’ onboard systems will be integrated by Bombardier’s industry-leading MITRAC train control and management system with internet protocol technology. Bombardier’s Propulsion and Controls business unit located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania will supply the propulsion and control equipment.
Delivery of 10 pilot cars is scheduled to take place in the spring of 2015, followed by comprehensive testing of the pilot cars on the BART system, then delivery of the 250 remaining production series cars between early 2017 and the spring of 2019.
Raymond Bachant, President, Bombardier Transportation North America, said: “Bombardier is honored to have been selected to build BART’s Fleet of the Future and delighted to add the San Francisco Bay Area to the list of major metropolitan regions across North America and around the world that rely on Bombardier for metro cars that offer the highest levels of quality, performance and reliability. We look forward to working with BART to provide environmentally responsible, energy efficient and convenient transportation for the citizens of the Bay Area for years to come.”
Bombardier is transforming how people get around every day. Worldwide, more than seven billion trips are taken on Bombardier metro cars every year, from Boston, New York, Montreal, Toronto and Mexico City to London, Paris, Berlin, Delhi and Shanghai. Bombardier’s current North American metro car orders include 706 new cars for Chicago, 420 cars for Toronto, 468 cars for Montreal, and 300 cars for New York.
BART began service in 1972 and today connects the San Francisco Peninsula with Oakland, Berkeley, Fremont, Walnut Creek, Dublin/Pleasanton and other cities in the East Bay with five lines, 104 miles of track, and 44 stations. The system has an average weekday daily ridership of 370,000. Its fleet of 669 rail cars includes 439 cars that have been in service since the system opened and were refurbished by Adtranz (now part of Bombardier) in the late 1990s and early 2000s.