The Government of Ontario, Canada, has placed an order for 36 additional bi-level cars with Bombardier Transportation for the GO Transit.

The order will enable Metrolinx, the regional transportation agency of the province, to add 31 standard and five flexible cars to its existing order.

Over 6,000 seats will be made available to GO Transit passengers with the addition of bi-level cars to the fleet.

Ontario Minister of Transportation Caroline Mulroney said: “Buying more GO Transit BiLevel vehicles is important as we continue to rapidly increase service.

“Our government is committed to building the transportation network Ontario needs while supporting good jobs.”

The train cars will be equipped with Bombardier’s Orbita system, which enable Metrolinx staff to view real-time performance data.

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Using this system, they can also identify problems that affect the HVAC system, doors and electrical system.

Metrolinx CEO and president Phil Verster said: “Trains with improved on-board diagnostic tools allows us to improve customer experience and generate savings on maintenance, which is great for our business, and which will keep more trains performing at peak service levels for our customers.”

Bombardier Transportation Americas Region CEO David Van der Wee said: “This extension will certainly help us contribute to Thunder Bay’s economic development and sustain our Canadian supply base. We would also like to thank the Government of Ontario and Metrolinx for this new vote of confidence in the expertise of our employees in Thunder Bay.”

The cars will be manufactured at Bombardier’s Thunder Bay rail-car plant in Ontario, where Bombardier is planning to lay off up to 50% of the workforce.

In June, Canada Infrastructure Bank (CIB) agreed to invest up to C$2bn ($1.48bn) to support the expansion of the GO Transit project.