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Fleet Maintenance Contract With GO Transit

01/08/2008 AT 06:59

The five-year contract, awarded following a competitive tender, is valued at approximately 87 million euros ($125 million US, $124 million CDN) and includes options for up to 15 additional years of service. Should GO Transit exercise all available options, the contract could reach an estimated value of 346 million euros ($497 million US, $496 million CDN).

“Rail services is a rapidly growing sector in our North American business, and we are very pleased to build on our successful relationship with one of the most important transit operators on the continent,” said William Spurr, President, Bombardier Transportation – North America.

Mike Hardt, Vice President, Services, Bombardier Transportation – North America, commented: “Winning a competitive tender like this is a solid endorsement of the service Bombardier has provided to GO Transit over the past ten years. Our focus now is to maximize coordination across the operations and maintenance functions, and enhance the overall transit experience for riders in this region. We look forward to the challenge.”

The new maintenance services contract comes on the heels of a separate agreement for fleet operations services signed by Bombardier and GO Transit in November. That contract, which was also awarded through a competitive tender, means that Bombardier will be responsible for both fleet operations and maintenance duties on GO Transit's commuter rail service over the next five years. Both contracts take effect in June 2008.

Bombardier has provided fleet maintenance services to GO Transit since 1997 and has also supplied more than 400 BOMBARDIER BiLevel rail coaches that make up the transit authority's commuter rail fleet. BiLevel coaches are produced in Canada at production facilities in Thunder Bay, Ontario.

GO Transit oversees one of the premier urban public transit systems in North America, transporting approximately 49 million passengers each year on bus and commuter rail services. Its rail transit system moves an estimated 165,000 passengers each weekday via 181 trains, seven lines, 58 stations and more than 360 kilometers of rail routes.

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