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Bombardier wins Toronto subway order

Follow-on order to 2006 deal will see another 186 subway cars delivered by 2013

By the Canadian Press

Bombardier Inc. has won a $390-million follow-on order to supply 186 subway cars for Toronto’s transit system.

The city’s transit commission last week exercised options for 31 six-car trains following the original order in December 2006.

Manufacturing and final assembly of the vehicles will be carried out at Bombardier’s factory in Thunder Bay, Ont.

Delivery of the cars is scheduled to take place between 2012 and 2013. Cars from the previous order are being tested in Kingston, Ont.

“We are delighted by the renewed interest that the TTC has expressed in our ability to consistently deliver high-quality products,” said Raymond Bachant, president of Bombardier Transportation North America.

On Wednesday, Bombardier won a contract valued at up to $1.7-billion to supply 59 trains or 436 double-decker electric railway cars to Switzerland’s railway system. The deal includes an option for 100 additional trains.

Berlin-based Bombardier Transportation is the world’s largest railway manufacturer and a leading provider of subway, commuter and automated transit systems in North America.

Bombardier’s shares gained three cents at $5.45 in morning trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange.