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Bombardier wins Vancouver SkyTrain contract

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Bombardier wins Vancouver SkyTrain contract

Is this news? No one else can build SkyTrain cars. They are Bombardier’s proprietary technology. I suppose at a stretch you could put someone else’s car bodies on Bombardier’s running gear, but that is not likely cost effective. There is no competition for building SkyTrain cars, so why pretend there is?

Written by Stephen Rees

November 23, 2006 at 11:12 am

Posted in Light Rail

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  1. Probably just a news release written by Bombardier and pubished verbatim. So it’s Bombardier’s spin – not anyone else’s.


    November 23, 2006 at 4:20 pm

  2. Just checked the Bombardier website – it uses the more accurate term “awarded” – guess the article must have been written by a Canadian Press writer back east – it would be worrying if a local writer changed “awarded” to “wins”.


    November 23, 2006 at 4:27 pm

  3. Also on the Bombardier website, is a press release that Luala Lumpur bought some cars too – but the pic appears to show the as yet unbuilt “C” car. Here’s hoping it pans out well for Kuala Lumpur and Translink will buy some of them!

    Vancouver order: US$99M/34 cars = US$2.91M/car – A and B cars in married pairs.
    Kuala Lumpur order: US$210M/88 cars = US$2.39M/car – photo shows 4 car train with A, C and B cars

    The C cars are probably cheaper than the A or B cars (i.e. no driver controls, no body contouring, etc) and the final assembly in Malaysia is also probably cheaper.


    [b]Bombardier Consortium Awarded Contract For Advanced Rapid Transit Cars[/b] In Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

    Montréal, October 13, 2006

    Bombardier Transportation and its local partner Hartasuma Sdn Bhd have signed a contract with Syarikat Prasarana Negara Berhad (SPNB) for an initial 88 advanced rapid transit (ART) MK II cars to be used on the Kelana Jaya Line in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The contract is valued at approximately $210 million US (167 million euros) with Bombardier’s share valued at approximately $147 million US (117 million euros). The agreement includes options for 52 additional cars. Should all options be exercised, the entire contract would total 140 cars and be valued at approximately $320 million US (255 million euros).

    The fully automated, driverless Kelana Jaya Line began operation in 1998 and was built by a Bombardier-led consortium that included Bombardier and SNC Lavalin. Today, the line links western and eastern suburbs to Kuala Lumpur’s downtown. At 29 km, the Kelana Jaya Line is the longest fully automated, driverless transit system in Asia. The line currently uses 70 Bombardier-built ART MK II vehicles. SPNB’s order for new vehicles will expand the line’s passenger carrying capability. The line is currently operating at maximum capacity.

    “Our mission is to provide a highly integrated and efficient public transport infrastructure that will bring positive economic contribution through enhanced public mobility and will improve the overall quality of life for the citizens of Kuala Lumpur,” said Encik Shaipudin Shah Harun, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of SPNB. “That is why we once again rely on Bombardier technology to improve the service on the Kelana Jaya Line.”

    The cars will be manufactured at Bombardier Transportation production facilities in North America with final assembly in Malaysia through the local partner, which is a major player in the Malaysian rail industry. Delivery of the cars is expected to take place between September 2008 and June 2010.

    Bombardier is the world leader in designing and supplying automated rapid transit systems, monorails and people movers for urban and airport applications. The expansion to the existing 29-km Kelana Jaya line will use Bombardier’s Linear-Induction-Motor (LIM) propulsion, successfully deployed on the Vancouver SkyTrain, the longest driverless system in the world; New York City’s 13-km AirTrain JFK, where Bombardier is providing up to 15 years of operations and maintenance services; as well as the Scarborough RT system (Toronto, Canada) and the Detroit Downtown People Mover, USA. Bombardier is also managing other ART projects in Asia; one recently announced for the Beijing Airport Link in China and one already under construction for Yongin City in South Korea. With over 70 years of combined system operation, ART technology offers unprecedented reliability.

    “We are very proud of the cars and system already delivered to Kuala Lumpur,” said William Spurr, President, Bombardier Transportation, North America. “This order allows us to build on a long-standing relationship with our customer SPNB. It confirms once again the success of Bombardier’s LIM technology, developed in Ontario, Canada, for applications around the world.”

    “Hartasuma is proud to be associated with a world leader like Bombardier. This partnership will enhance the local rail industry,” said Datuk Ravindran Menon, Group Executive Director, Hartasuma Sdn Bhd .

    Bombardier Transportation has its global headquarters in Berlin, Germany, with a presence in over 60 countries. It has an installed base of approximately 97,000 vehicles worldwide. The company offers the broadest product portfolio and is recognized as the leader in the global rail sector.

    SkyTrain and AirTrain JFK are trademarks of third parties.

    About Bombardier
    A world-leading manufacturer of innovative transportation solutions, from regional aircraft and business jets to rail transportation equipment, Bombardier Inc. is a global corporation headquartered in Canada. Its revenues for the fiscal year ended Jan. 31, 2006 were $14.7 billion US and its shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (BBD). News and information are available at [url][/url].

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    November 23, 2006 at 4:56 pm

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