By Dan Heath
It's official -- Bombardier Transportation has signed a contract for 300 subway cars with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, to be delivered to New York City Transit.
The order is valued at about $599 million. The MTA Board of Directors approved the contract with Bombardier on March 28.
The new cars will be built at Bombardier's fully integrated manufacturing plant in Plattsburgh. The facility is Bombardier's "Centre of Excellence" for rolling-stock production in the United States and has produced more than 3,000 passenger rail cars and locomotives in service across the United States since it opened in 1995.
Delivery of 10 pilot cars is scheduled to take place in the third quarter of 2014, followed by delivery of the remaining production-series cars between mid 2015 and early 2017.
Bombardier's partnership with New York City Transit began in 1982 with an order for 825 subway cars.
"Since then, we have delivered close to 1,900 vehicles to our valued customer," Bombardier Transportation North America President Raymond Bachant said in a press release. "We are proud that NYCT has shown its confidence in our products and technologies once again, and we look forward to providing high-quality, reliable, safe rail cars for the millions of people who ride New York's subway system every day."
U.S. Congressman Bill Owens called the contract confirmation great news for the North Country.
"Bombardier and our community leaders work tirelessly to ensure that the region continues to emerge as an industry leader in the assembly and manufacture of transportation equipment," he said by email.
"Workers at Bombardier send their "Made in The North Country' products across the globe, and I applaud them for their efforts at the facility in Plattsburgh.
"This contract is great news for the entire region."