Bombardier Transportation has won a $266m order from the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART) to deliver 150 additional rail cars.
The order is part of an option BART has exercised with the company, following its contract to deliver 260 new rail cars for $631m earlier in June 2012.
Bombardier currently has firm orders to deliver 410 cars to BART, with a total value of around $897m.
BART will replace its entire existing fleet with new 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.
Assembly of the new rail cars will be done at Bombardier’s 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 with Bombardier Mitrac train control and management systems.
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 400 remaining production series models between early 2017 and spring 2020.
BART also has the further option to order additional, which, if all the options were exercised, would bring the total number to 775 and increase the deal value to $1.5bn.
BART 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: BART will use the new rail cars to expand and replace its existing train fleet. Photo: courtesy of BART.