Rail manufacturer Bombardier Transportation has been contracted by New Jersey Transit Corporation (NJ Transit) in the US to deliver operations and maintenance services for its River Line light rail system.
Under the $296m contract, the company will operate and maintain the River Line system from 14 March 2015 for 15 years with an option to extend it for another five years.
Since March 2004, Bombardier has been operating and maintaining the rail system through its subsidiary Southern New Jersey Rail Group.
Bombardier Transportation Americas division president Raymond Bachant said: "The application of our world-class operations and maintenance programme, created through the integration of best practices drawn from Bombardier’s services and manufacturing sites around the world, has brought measurable benefits to River Line in the areas of fleet reliability, fleet availability and asset maintenance."
Work under the latest contract involves train operations, dispatching, vehicle maintenance, as well as maintenance for all right of way, facilities and signalling infrastructure.
In a separate development, Bombardier’s Regio 2N double deck train received authorisation from the French Public Establishment of Railway Safety (EPSF) for commercial operations.
This approval will allow for the progressive deployment of the first Regio 2N vehicles in the Aquitaine, Brittany, Centre, Nord-Pas de Calais, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’ Azur and Rhône-Alpes regions from November.
Image: Bombardier’s operation and maintenance programme. Photo: courtesy of Bombardier.