BERLIN—Bombardier Transportation has won a contract to provide 30-years of maintenance on the Flexity Freedom light rail vehicles it will build for service on the new Toronto Eglinton Crosstown line. The contract is valued at approximately $403 million.
While Crosslinx Transit Solutions Maintenance General Partnership, was awarded the contract to build and maintain the 19-kilometre light rail transit line last week, the consortium has elected to subcontract Bombardier to maintain the vehicles. The project is under the authority of Metrolinx, the Government of Ontario agency responsible for the coordination and integration of all modes of transportation in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area, and is part of an investment of $5.3 billion for capital costs for the Crosstown LRT, announced in 2010 by the Government of Ontario.
“This is another expression of our commitment to Ontario,” Raymond Bachant, president of Bombardier Transportation’s Americas Division, said. “This new agreement strengthens Bombardier’s leadership position as a provider of passenger rail services in North America and worldwide.”
“Our strong services portfolio complements our innovative products and technologies, allowing us to form a true partnership with our customers throughout the entire product life cycle and to ensure the highest levels of safety, customer service, on-time performance, fleet availability and reliability,” he added.
In addition to providing equipment maintenance, Bombardier will also deliver its Automated Vehicle Inspection System and its ORBIFLO advanced condition monitoring system in order to automatically inspect the vehicles and provide predictive maintenance capabilities. Bombardier’s Flexity Freedom light rail vehicles will be provided to Metrolinx through a separate manufacturing contract signed with the transit agency.