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Bombardier Transportation has been awarded a C$17m ($16m) contract to provide train operations for TransLink’s West Coast Express commuter rail system in the Lower Mainland region of British Columbia (BC), Canada.

TransLink manages regional transportation network of Metro Vancouver in BC.

Bombardier’s latest contract includes train operations for five years, with options for three additional five-year periods.

Under the terms of the deal, Bombardier will mobilise for service at the beginning of next year and will assume responsibility for train operations in May 2014.

The company will deliver train operations for the West Coast Express Bombardier BiLevel commuter rail fleet of 44 vehicles.

About 1,200 BiLevel cars are currently in operation across the US and Canada.

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British Columbia Rapid Transit Co president and general manager Fred Cummings said: "We have developed a successful partnership over the years, and we look forward to Bombardier continuing to provide the safe, reliable, and courteous service our West Coast Express customers have grown to expect."

Meanwhile, SNCF, France’s state-owned railway company, has exercised an option with Bombardier for 30 additional Regio 2N double-deck electric multiple units.

The order is valued at about €277m, and is part of Bombardier’s 2010 contract with SNCF for up to 860 trains for the French regions.

Image: Under the new contract, Bombardier will provide services for TransLink’s West Coast Express commuter rail system in British Columbia, Canada. Photo: courtesy of Bombardier.