Bombardier Transportation announced today that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority/Metro-North Railroad (MTA/MNR) has exercised options for 120 M-7 electric multiple unit (EMU) commuter rail cars under an existing contract. The exercised options are valued at $206 million.
With these options, Bombardier now has firm orders for 978 M-7 cars from the MTA commuter railroads, with 300 from MTA/MNR and 678 from MTA/Long Island Rail Road (MTA/LIRR). This includes a base order of 192 cars (from MTA/LIRR) and 786 option cars (from both MTA/LIRR and MTA/MNR). Total value of the firm orders received to date is $1.9 billion.
William Spurr, President, Bombardier Transportation, North America said the M-7 fleet is working well in the MTA/LIRR system, with the car’s six-month Mean Distance Between Failure performance averaging 200,000 miles (320 000 kilometres).
The new M-7 cars are replacing electric railcars that are more than 40-years old and feature IGBT propulsion, energy efficient dynamic braking and on-board monitoring and diagnostic systems.
Stainless steel carbodies for the M-7 cars will be constructed at Bombardier’s manufacturing site in La PocatiÃ¨re, QuÃ©bec with final assembly and manufacturing taking place at facilities in Plattsburgh, New York. Sub-assembly and manufacturing processes for some components, such as bogie frames, will be carried out at Bombardier’s facility in Auburn, New York.