Bombardier has recently been awarded a contract by Metro-North Commuter Railroad in New York for the supply of 180 electrical multiple unit (EMU) commuter cars to replace its M-1 commuter car fleet.
Valued at US$320 million, the order calls for the design, manufacture and delivery of new M-7 commuter cars.
With the execution of this option, the M-7 contract now totals 858 cars including 666 option cars. If all options are exercised, the entire contract would total 1,266 M-7 cars.
The M-7 fleet is serving the needs of the MTA commuter railroad agencies, the Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North Commuter Railroad. Should all options be exercised, the total contract would be valued at US$1.85 billion.
The M-7 stainless steel car bodies will be built at Bombardier’s La Pocatiere, Quebec plant with final manufacturing and assembly at the Plattsburgh, New York plant.
Manufacturing will begin early next year and deliveries to Metro-North Commuter Railroad are scheduled for early 2004.