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january 11, 2019 - Bombardier

Bombardier to supply new generation of passenger rail cars for New Jersey

  • Multilevel III cars will feature new amenities designed to enhance the customer experience
  • Represents third contract for Bombardier-built Multilevel cars for New Jersey Transit Corporation

Global mobility provider #bombardier Transportation announced today that it has signed a contract for 113 Multilevel III commuter rail cars with the New Jersey Transit Corporation (NJ TRANSIT). The contract is valued at $669 million US (585 million euro) and includes options for up to 886 additional cars.

This represents Bombardier’s third contract with #njtransit for this popular car. Under contracts awarded in 2002 and 2010, #bombardier provided 429 Multilevel I and II cars now in successful operation at #njtransit.

“We are privileged to have been a partner with #njtransit since 1980 and are pleased to have this opportunity to continue to work together as #njtransit embarks on its comprehensive initiative to improve the customer experience,” said Elliot G. (Lee) Sander, President, Americas Region, #bombardier Transportation.

Pierre-Yves Cohen, President, responsible for products and engineering at #bombardier Transportation, added, “We are confident that our new Multilevel III cars, with their enhanced technical features and passenger amenities, will provide exceptional #service and meet passengers’ evolving expectations. This contract will consist of cab cars, trailer cars, restroom-equipped trailer cars and new power cars that can replace locomotives and create self-propelled trains, providing #njtransit with increased operational flexibility. Additionally, the Multilevel III cars will be fully compatible and interoperable with the Multilevel I and II cars.”

The range of new features on the Multilevel III cars will include: color infotainment screens that display real-time information about stations and connections; USB charging ports located at comfortable 2x2 seats; an onboard video surveillance system for increased security; wider vestibules for improved wheelchair accessibility; new bicycle racks; an intelligent LED lighting system with automatic brightness control; and motorized restroom doors for easier access for all passengers. The cars will be equipped with Positive Train Control equipment for increased passenger safety.

NJ TRANSIT, the largest statewide public transportation system in the United States and the third largest transit system in the country, is an established customer of #bombardier. Over the years, #bombardier has provided it with hundreds of single-level commuter coaches and Multilevel cars, BOMBARDIER ALP-46 and ALP-46A electric locomotives, and ALP-45DP dual-power locomotives. In addition, #bombardier was a member of the consortium that designed and built NJ TRANSIT’s turnkey RiverLINE light rail system between Camden and Trenton, New Jersey and now operates and maintains the system under a contract with #njtransit.