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Brussels Trams to Vancouver 2010

06/26/2009 AT 07:28

The partners continue preparations for a unique streetcar demonstration project that will help the city provide public transit service during the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

Bombardier and STIB officials shared details of the project during the 58th UITP World Congress and Mobility & City Transport Exhibition in Vienna, Austria this week. Speaking from the UITP event, Alain Flausch, Chief Executive Officer of STIB, commented: “We are very pleased to contribute to this initiative with our beautifully-designed, award-winning BOMBARDIER FLEXITY trams. It allows us to share with both residents of Vancouver and visitors to the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games our enthusiasm about the high level of comfort, style and performance the riders of our Brussels' Public Transport service enjoy every day.”

STIB and Bombardier are collaborating with Vancouver to ship two of STIB's 100% low-floor FLEXITY trams to the city by sea in late 2009. The FLEXITY product platform represents the leading edge in light rail technology and moves thousands of people each day in Brussels and other cities across Europe. In Vancouver, the vehicles will operate seven days a week on the demonstration line between January 21 and March 21, 2010 near Vancouver's Olympic and Paralympic Village. The streetcars will run on an existing track the city is now upgrading to accommodate both the project and a possible future streetcar line. The line will be operated and maintained by Bombardier as a unique service for the city.

“European cities have enjoyed the benefits of modern streetcars for decades,” said Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson. “Green transportation options – including streetcars – need to be part of our urban transportation solutions in Vancouver. We're delighted to be working with Bombardier and Brussels on this exciting streetcar demonstration project.”

For Bombardier, the project complements an ongoing commitment to introduce 100% light rail low-floor technology to new markets. North America is a good example where increasing urbanization and congestion have many cities considering modern streetcar or tram technology as an important component of public transit planning and sustainable transportation. In the late 1800s and early 1900s, streetcars were an important part of urban public transit in both Canada and the United States. Ridership and presence declined in following years with the emergence of automobiles and population migration to the suburbs. Eventually, most streetcar systems were shutdown and dismantled.

Population growth in North American urban centres has been increasing over the past decade, and many cities are once again focusing on modern streetcar technology as an attractive transit solution. A recent example is the City of Toronto, which in May 2009 identified Bombardier as preferred bidder for North America's largest light rail vehicle procurement ever encompassing 204 new 100% low-floor streetcars to replace the city's aging fleet. Bombardier's technology proposal for Toronto is based on the FLEXITY 100% low-floor technology platform operating with STIB in Brussels.

Bombardier Transportation's revenues expanding

Bombardier Transportation's revenues totalled $9.8 billion, an increase of 25% over last fiscal year. EBIT reached $515 million, compared to $177 million for last fiscal year. This represents an EBIT margin of 5.3%, versus 2.3% last fiscal year.

44 Million Euro Operations Order in Las Vegas

Bombardier Transportation has received the first 5-year option order from the Las Vegas Monorail Company (LVMC) to operate and maintain the Monorail system in Las Vegas, Nevada. The order is valued at approximately 44 million euros ($58 million US).

$101 US Million Maintenance Contract in SF

Bombardier Transportation has signed an 8-year contract with the City and County of San Francisco to operate and maintain the Automated People Mover (APM) system at San Francisco (SFO) International Airport. The contract is valued at approximately 80 million euros ($101 million US).

A flexity on new Olympic Line in Vancouver

Bombardier Transportation announced that it has signed a sponsorship agreement with the City of Vancouver to provide up to two BOMBARDIER FLEXITY Outlook streetcars for the City's Downtown Streetcar 2010 Demonstration Project during the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

Bombardier Wins Locomotive Orders

Bombardier Transportation announced it has signed two contracts to supply a total of 46 dual-powered passenger locomotives to the New Jersey Transit Corporation (NJ TRANSIT) and the Agence Metropolitaine de Transport (AMT) in Montreal.

Bombardier Advanced Rapid Transit Technology

Bombardier Transportation's leading-edge Advanced Rapid Transit (ART) rail technology continues to gain traction across international markets.

Canadian Court recognises Alstom

On 9 January 2008, the Quebec Superior Court gave a ruling which establishes the validity of Alstom's request to have the right to participate in an invitation to tender for the replacement of Montreal's fleet of metro cars.

160 Multilevel Commuter Rail Cars In Montréal

Bombardier Transportation announced today it has won a contract valued at approximately 264 million euros ($381 million US, $386 million CAN) from the Government of Quebec to supply 160 Multilevel commuter rail cars for the Agence Métropolitaine de Transport (AMT) in Montréal.

Fleet Maintenance Contract With GO Transit

Bombardier Transportation announced that it has won a contract from the Greater Toronto Transit Authority (GO Transit) to provide fleet maintenance services for a commuter rail system serving Toronto and surrounding regions.

Bombardier Awarded Fleet Operations Contract

Bombardier Transportation announced it has received a contract to supply fleet operations services for the Greater Toronto Transit Authority (GO Transit) commuter rail system serving the city of Toronto and surrounding regions.

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