Bombardier awarded $763 million rail contract

Bombardier Transportation has been selected by Kung Sing Engineering Corporation to supply the electrical and mechanical portion of a 15-km rapid transit system in Taipei, Taiwan.

Bombardier Transportation has been selected by Kung Sing Engineering Corporation (KSECO) to supply the electrical and mechanical (E&M) portion of a 15-km rapid transit system, including 202 vehicles, for the new Neihu Line, which is an extension to the existing Mucha Line in the city of Taipei, Taiwan.

The award of the contract to KSECO has been confirmed by the Department of Rapid Transit Systems (DORTS) of the Taipei City Government. The work will commence upon reception of the Notice to Proceed, which is expected within the next two months.

Bombardier, as the prime subcontractor to KSECO, will design and supply all of the E&M systems for the 12-station Neihu Line, and will also be responsible for retrofitting the automatic train control system for the Mucha Line, its 102 vehicles and some of the equipment in its existing 12 stations.

The award of the Neihu Line Design/Build contract to KSECO by the Department of Rapid Transit Systems is valued at approximately Cdn$1.37 billion. Bombardier’s share of the project is valued at some Cdn$763 million.

The mostly elevated Neihu Line will open in three stages. The completion of the first 10km and delivery of 60 vehicles is anticipated in the summer of 2007 and represents the first stage. The two remaining stages will be completed by the autumn of 2007 and spring of 2008. When completed, the system is expected to carry 28,400 passengers per hour.

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