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January 8, 2014

Bombardier receives approval for 365 rail cars

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PLATTSBURGH —

Those include a new interior design to maximize seating and openness, prioritized seating for seniors and people with disabilities and bicycle racks in every rail car.

Other new features include more comfortable seats; interior and exterior digital displays showing passenger information; an improved public-address system; more doors, to make boarding faster and easier, energy-saving lighting; energy-efficient propulsion and regenerative braking.

GOOD TIMING

In operation since 1995, the Plattsburgh facility is Bombardier’s center for rolling-stock production in the United States. It has produced more than 3,300 passenger rail cars and locomotives now in service across the United States.

North Country Chamber of Commerce President Garry Douglas said the good news for the region's transportation equipment companies just keeps coming.

"Exercising this option will keep employment and production at Bombardier on track and is especially welcome as they near completion of the major expansion of their Plattsburgh plant," he said by email.

"Our thanks to Bombardier and its employees for continuing the quality work which merits these additional orders and our Washington partners who always assist when needed, including Congressman (Bill) Owens and Senators (Charles) Schumer and (Kirsten) Gillibrand. The multi-year federal transportation bill they helped obtain in 2012 was essential to the creation of contract opportunities across the country for Bombardier, Nova and Prevost."

Email Dan Heath: dheath@pressrepublican.com

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