Ontario Commits to Buying More BiLevel Cars for GO Transit
36 vehicles added to order as Metrolinx moves closer to two-way, all day GO service
TORONTO - The Ontario Government announced today that Metrolinx, the province's regional transportation agency, has agreed to buy 36 more BiLevel cars from Bombardier Transportation.
The agreement will enable Metrolinx to add 31 standard and five accessible cars to its existing order, which will provide more than 6,000 additional seats for GO Transit customers.
The cars will be manufactured by workers at Bombardier's Thunder Bay plant.
"I work every day to expand transit in the GTHA and across Ontario," said Caroline Mulroney, Minister of Transportation. "Buying more GO Transit BiLevel vehicles is important as we continue to rapidly increase service. Our government is committed to building the transportation network Ontario needs, while supporting good jobs."
The new cars include Bombardier's Orbita system that will allow Metrolinx staff to see real-time performance data and pinpoint issues relating to things like doors, the HVAC system, and electrical equipment, to give commuters a better, safer journey.
"This is great news for our customers. More BiLevel cars allow us to add seat capacity as we continue to rapidly expand GO train service," said Phil Verster, President and CEO of Metrolinx. "In addition, trains with improved on-board diagnostic tools allows us to improve customer experience and generate savings on maintenance, which is great for our business, and which will keep more trains performing at peak service levels for our customers."
"The safe, comfortable and reliable BiLevel cars for GO Transit have been built by Ontarians for Ontarians in our Thunder Bay facility for over 40 years, and we are pleased that this announcement adds to our historical relationship," said David Van der Wee, Chief Operating Officer, Americas Region, Bombardier Transportation. "This extension will certainly help us contribute to Thunder Bay's economic development and sustain our Canadian supply base. We would also like to thank the Government of Ontario and Metrolinx for this new vote of confidence in the expertise of our employees in Thunder Bay."
- Since June 2018, Metrolinx has grown its passenger train services by 18.2 per cent representing 359 new weekly train trips on Lakeshore East, Lakeshore West, Barrie, Kitchener and Stouffville lines.
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