THUNDER BAY – BUSINESS – There is some good news for Thunder Bay’s Bombardier manufacturing facility. The Ontario government has announced a contract for thirty-six new Metrolinx BiLevel cars.
“The Ontario Government announced today that Metrolinx, the province’s regional transportation agency and our long-standing customer, has successfully concluded negotiations to purchase 36 more #BiLevel cars from Bombardier Transportation. The agreement is for 31 standard and five accessible cars, which will provide more than 6,000 additional seats for GO Transit customers. The cars will be manufactured by our skilled employees at our Thunder Bay plant.
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.
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. This extension will certainly help us contribute to Thunder Bay’s economic development and sustain our Canadian supply base,” said David Van der Wee, Chief Operating Officer, Americas Region, Bombardier Transportation, as he announced the contract extension in person to our Thunder Bay team.