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March 29, 2012

Bombardier Transportation lands major order

$600M contract for 300 subway cars

PLATTSBURGH — Bombardier Transportation here has won a nearly $600 million contract to build 300 subway cars for New York City Transit.

The Metropolitan Transit Authority Board of Directors approved the $599,473,746 deal on Wednesday.

"The decision by MTA to award this contract to Bombardier is a major win for the people of the North Country and the entire region's economy," Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a statement.

"This order for 300 new cars comes on the heels of a landmark budget agreement that ensures a fully funded MTA capital budget, allowing the agency to complete major projects and continue to provide top-quality service to New Yorkers."

He said the order allows Bombardier to retain 300 jobs and preserves an additional 200 jobs for its area suppliers.

"We are one state, and this shows how different regions of our state can support each other," Cuomo said.

"We will continue to rebuild New York's vital infrastructure, creating jobs for hard-working New Yorkers and generating economic growth in all corners of the state."

WIN-WIN

Metropolitan Transit Authority Chairman and CEO Joseph Lhota said the order is a win-win situation.

"It will improve service for the millions of transit riders in New York City, while preserving jobs for our fellow New Yorkers in the North Country," he said.

Robert Furniss, vice president for business development and U.S. sales for Bombardier Transportation, said the company is proud to continue its 30-plus years of service to the Metropolitan Transit Authority.

"We are also proud that the new R179 cars will be built in New York, by New Yorkers, providing benefits to the state's economy and to the millions of people who ride New York's subway system every day," he said.

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