Bombardier Gets $481 Million Dollar Contract
THUNDER BAY – Thunder Bay will see more rail cars for Ontario being built at the Bombardier Manufacturing plant here in the city. Bill Mauro and Minister Michael Gravelle made the announcement today at the Bombardier facility on Montreal Avenue.
Ontario is purchasing 65 new bi-level GO Train cars from Bombardier. Thunder Bay Atikokan MPP Bill Mauro states, “Our investments in mass transit continue to sustain and create jobs at Bombardier in Thunder Bay. Today’s announcement is good news for the employees at the plant and to the economy of Thunder Bay and northwestern Ontario as a whole.”
Thunder Bay Superior MPP and Minister of Northern Development and Mines, Michael Gravelle commented, “I couldn’t be more excited about the jobs and security that this contract provides for the hard working employees at our Bombardier plant in Thunder Bay. To see the expertise and talents of that workforce continued to be put to work, combined with our government’s continued commitment to public transit, is absolutely gratifying. Bombardier produces a world-class product and this contract means we will continue to see strong employment at this prime northern Ontario manufacturing facility.”
The Ontario Government, in a media release states, “The order will increase GO Transit’s fleet of train cars to 743, and is an important step toward introducing two-way, all-day service on all seven GO rail lines as part of The Big Move. About 250 workers will work on the $481 million order, which will be delivered between June 2016 and July 2017.
- Bi-level cab cars and passenger coaches have been part of GO Transit’s fleet since 1978 and are manufactured by Bombardier in Thunder Bay — the only Canadian manufacturer of commuter rail coaches.
- Ontario has purchased 382 GO Train cars since 2003.
- Since 2003, the Ontario government has added 10 new GO stations and 28,600 parking spots across the system.
- Since 2003, Ontario has invested more than $19.3 billion in public transit in Ontario, including $9.1 billion in GO Transit.