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Bombardier Strengthens Presence in North American Rail Control Sector

November 14, 2013 — New York

  • Latest technology for New York commuter lines will increase passenger safety
  • Bombardier will bring its system integration experience to the project on sections of the two largest commuter lines in the USA
  • Technology will serve more than 160 million passengers per year

Rail technology leader Bombardier Transportation is boosting passenger safety in the New York City area. As the lead in a consortium with Siemens Rail Automation, Bombardier has won two significant signalling orders for the upgrade of train control systems for the MTA Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) and MTA Metro-North Railroad. The consortium will implement Positive Train Control (PTC) capability on sections of the LIRR and Metro-North.

The total LIRR contract for phase one delivery is valued at $105 million US (79 million euro) with Bombardier’s share valued at approximately $57 million US (43 million euro). If all phases and options are exercised, the total value to the consortium would be $218 million US (163 million euro) with Bombardier’s share valued at approximately $107 million US (80 million euro).

The total Metro-North contract for phase one delivery is valued at $86 million US (64 million euro) with Bombardier’s share valued at approximately $44 million US (33 million euro). If all phases and options are exercised, the total value to the consortium would be $210 million US (157 million euro) with Bombardier’s share valued at approximately $129 million US (96 million euro).

PTC automatically stops or slows a train before certain accidents could occur. In particular, the technology is designed to prevent train-to-train collisions, derailments caused by excessive speed, unauthorised incursions by trains onto sections of track where repairs are being made and movement of a train through a track switch in the wrong position.

Bombardier will lead the system integration, project management and design, as well as deliver the operational control centre sub-systems. In addition to the temporary speed restriction (TSR) and user interface (UIS) systems, communications systems and wayside transponders, Bombardier's scope will also include the roadway worker protection system (RWPS), a key element of PTC. Siemens will deliver the onboard equipment as well as wayside interface units. The upgrade will be delivered on up to 700 miles (1,100 km) of track and 1,500 vehicles across the two railroads. The US Congress’ Rail Safety Improvement Act of 2008 requires railroads in the United States to install PTC on tracks that carry passengers or toxic-by-inhalation materials.

Peter Cedervall, President, Rail Control Solutions, Bombardier Transportation, said: “These orders further strengthen our commitment to the North American signalling market and reflect our successful long-term partnership with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and its rail agencies. Our experience in delivering the most advanced rail control solutions around the world, together with the focus of our United States-based team will ensure the successful delivery of the project.”

Bombardier’s Rail Control Solutions portfolio covers the whole range of BOMBARDIER CITYFLO mass transit solutions, from manual to fully automatic systems as well as communication-based systems. It also provides BOMBARDIER INTERFLO mainline solutions, from conventional systems to European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS) Level 3 systems. Bombardier solutions encompass a complete palette of wayside and onboard products.

About Bombardier Transportation

Bombardier Transportation, a global leader in rail technology, offers the broadest portfolio in the rail industry and delivers innovative products and services that set new standards in sustainable mobility. Bombardier provides rail equipment, systems and after-market services to transit and airport authorities across the USA. Its broad installed base ranges from high speed and mainline, to commuter, metro, light rail, tram and automated vehicles and systems. Workers are employed in locations across 15 states, building rail products for both domestic and export markets and providing operations and maintenance services. As a long-term supplier to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and its rail agencies, LIRR, Metro-North and New York City Transit  since 1981, Bombardier has delivered over 1,000 electric multiple unit commuter cars, over 200 commuter coaches and over 1,800 metro cars with a further order for 300 metro cars underway.

The North America Headquarters for a number of its divisions, the Pittsburgh site is also the location of Bombardier’s Centre of Competence for mass transit rail control and radio communications solutions. The latest applications are being delivered for the four-line Sub Surface Railway upgrade for London Underground in the UK, as well as in the Klang Valley, Malaysia, for the São Paolo Metro in Brazil and for Delhi Metro Line 7 in India. Bombardier Transportation is headquartered in Berlin, Germany, and has a very diverse customer base with products or services in more than 60 countries. It has an installed base of over 100,000 vehicles worldwide.

About Bombardier

Bombardier is the world’s only manufacturer of both planes and trains. Looking far ahead while delivering today, Bombardier is evolving mobility worldwide by answering the call for more efficient, sustainable and enjoyable transportation everywhere. Our vehicles, services and, most of all, our employees are what make us a global leader in transportation.

Bombardier is headquartered in Montréal, Canada. Our shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (BBD) and we are listed on the Dow Jones Sustainability World and North America Indexes.

In the fiscal year ended December 31, 2012, we posted revenues of $16.8 billion. News and information are available at or follow us on Twitter @Bombardier.

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