Bombardier Transportation has signed a $631m contract with the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART) in the US to supply 260 new rail cars.
BART plans to place a first option order for 150 cars on 25 June 2012, which also features additional opportunities to bring the total number of cars to 775 and the order value to around $1.5bn.
The transit provider will replace its entire existing fleet with trains that feature more doors, extra priority seating for seniors and people with disabilities, bike racks, interior and exterior digital displays showing passenger information, a public address system and onboard security cameras.
Bombardier will assemble the cars at its Plattsburgh manufacturing plant in New York, US, which has produced more than 3,000 passenger rail cars and locomotives since 1995.
The new trains will be powered by the Bombardier Mitrac propulsion system and equipped the with Bombardier Mitrac train control and management system. Internet protocol technology will be supplied by the company's propulsion and controls business unit in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Following the testing of ten pilot cars, which are scheduled to be delivered in spring 2015, Bombardier will deliver the 250 remaining production series cars between early 2017 and spring 2019.
Established in 1972, BART today connects the San Francisco Peninsula with Oakland, Berkeley, Fremont, Walnut Creek, Dublin / Pleasanton and other cities in the East Bay with five lines, 104 miles of track, 44 stations and a fleet of 669 rail cars.
Image: The new rail cars will be used for expansion and to replace the existing fleet. Photo: courtesy of BART.