Bombardier Transportation announced yesterday, December 16 that it received an order from the Greater Toronto Transit Authority (GO Transit) for 20 BiLevel commuter rail vehicles. Valued at $55 million Cdn, the contract calls for the design, manufacture and delivery of the new commuter vehicles.
According to Bombardier, each BiLevel vehicle offers total capacity of 378 passengers on two full decks and intermediate end decks. This design is said to allow for higher ceilings and better seating, stairway and door positioning.
The first Bombardier BiLevel vehicle, which was designed in collaboration with GO Transit, went into service in 1978. Since then, Bombardier has produced 660 BiLevel cars, which are operated by different public transit authorities in North America.
The vehicles will be built at Bombardier’s Thunder Bay, Ontario, manufacturing facility. Production will begin immediately and first deliveries are expected in late summer of 2003.