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June 24, 2012

Full steam ahead for Bombardier Transportation

PLATTSBURGH — Bombardier Transportation in the City of Plattsburgh is really rolling along.

The company has landed two major contracts since the start of the year. They are for 300 subway cars for New York City Transit and up to 775 metro cars for Bay Area Rapid Transit if all options are picked up. The contracts are worth $599 million and up to $1.5 billion, respectively.

If all options are picked up, that is expected to provide work at the  plant through 2023. 

The company also has current contracts with a number of transit authorities. Those include a 706-car contract with the Chicago Transit Authority, a 100-vehicle contract with New Jersey Transit, a 14-car contract with options for 50 more with Central Florida Sunrail and 54 vehicles with Maryland MTA.

“We have a good relationship with all the (transit) authorities. We are selling this place (Plattsburgh) first,” said Alain Aumais, general manager of the Plattsburgh plant.

The plant opened in 1995. Capacity was more than doubled in 1997 to allow the company to supply 1,030 R142 rapid-transit cars for New York City Transit and Acela locomotives and cars for Amtrak.

Bombardier landed a contract for 1,127 cars for the Long Island Railroad and Metro North Railroad in 1999. The company also built a test track on the former Plattsburgh Air Force Base that year.

The test track was expanded to more than 5,000 feet in length in 2001.

Bombardier received a contract for 329 MultiLevel stainless-steel commuter cars for NJTRANSIT in 2003. The company delivered the1,030th railcar to New York City Transit that year, one of the largest rapid-transit manufacturing projects ever completed in North America.

The contract for the initial 406 cars with the Chicago Transit Authority was secured in 2006. The company completed the 3,000th car manufactured and assembled in Plattsburgh earlier this year, which was part of the Chicago order.

The Plattsburgh facility was renovated to allow construction of stainless-steel shells in 2010, work that was previously done in La Pocatiere, Quebec. 

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