Public transport agency Société de transport de Montréal (STM) in Canada has ordered 153 metro cars configured into 17 nine-car trainsets.
Worth approximately $340m, the order was awarded to a consortium of Bombardier Transportation and Alstom by amending the initial acquisition contract from October 2010.
Bombardier’s share in the order is $213m, while Alstom’s share is worth $127m.
Most of the manufacturing works and final assembly of the AZUR trainsets will be carried out at Bombardier’s La Pocatière facility in Québec.
Alstom will be responsible for supplying the rail bogies and the motors. It will also be in charge of the development of train control, communication, passenger information and video surveillance systems.
Around 170 Bombardier employees will be associated with the order, while Alstom is expected to involve 70 of its employees at its Sorel-Tracy plant.
Bombardier Transportation Americas Region president Benoit Brossoit said: “We are delighted by this announcement, which will maintain hundreds of jobs at our plant in La Pocatière, as well as at our North American headquarters in St Bruno.
“This helps to sustain our leadership in the Québec rail ecosystem and to continue our nearly 45-year relationship with STM.
“The AZUR metro cars, offering a premium mobility experience, are highly popular ever since they entered service in 2016. They also exceed world-class performance and reliability standards.”
Capable of accommodating more passengers than existing vehicles, AZUR trains will feature wider doors to facilitate passenger movement, an electronic passenger information system and onboard cameras.
They will also be equipped with a two-way intercom system to enable connectivity between passengers and the driver.