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December 07, 2009 15:00 ET

Award-Winning BOMBARDIER FLEXITY Streetcar Arrives in Vancouver for its North American Debut

Public to enjoy revival of the streetcar and 60 days of free service during the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Dec. 7, 2009) - Today, the first of two FLEXITY streetcars rolled onto Vancouver's Olympic Line after a sea voyage of some 9,090 nautical miles (16,835 km). On November 3, the 32-metre long streetcars left the Port of Bremerhaven, Germany, crossing high seas, and through the Panama Canal to the home of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

Bombardier Transportation and the City of Vancouver are co-sponsors of the 1.8-km Olympic Line - a unique demonstration project that will introduce the award-winning FLEXITY streetcars to the public of Greater Vancouver, as well as to athletes and visitors from around the world. Bombardier will operate the FLEXITY streetcars as a free service, 18 hours a day, 7 days a week, between January 21 and March 21, 2010. The vehicles are on loan from the Brussels Transport Company STIB (Societe des Transports Intercommunaux de Bruxelles).

Steve Hall, Bombardier's General Manager in Vancouver, said: "We are delighted to bring the first 100% low-floor streetcar to North America. The people of Metro Vancouver will now have the opportunity to experience first hand the latest in European streetcar design during the excitement of the 2010 Winter Games."

Bombardier Transportation's Vice President of Communications and Public Affairs, Sharon Christians, commented: "At Bombardier, we see a strong revival in streetcar and light rail solutions across Europe and North America as governments strive to deal with climate change. The streetcar demonstration will highlight another valuable tool in everyone's pursuit of sustainable transportation."

More than 1,500 FLEXITY vehicles from Bombardier already operate around the world. Overall, more than 2,800 Bombardier trams and light rail vehicles are operating or are on order in cities across Europe, Australia and North America.

Bombardier is an Official Supporter of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games and the designer and manufacturer of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Torch.

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Bombardier Transportation, the global leader in rail technology, offers the broadest portfolio in the rail industry and delivers innovative products and services that set new standards in sustainable mobility. BOMBARDIER ECO4 technologies - built on the four cornerstones of energy, efficiency, economy and ecology - conserve energy, protect the environment and help to improve total train performance. Bombardier Transportation is headquartered in Berlin, Germany and has a presence in over 60 countries. It has an installed base of over 100,000 vehicles worldwide.

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A world-leading manufacturer of innovative transportation solutions, from commercial aircraft and business jets to rail transportation equipment, systems and services, Bombardier Inc. is a global corporation headquartered in Canada. Its revenues for the fiscal year ended Jan. 31, 2009, were $19.7 billion US, and its shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (BBD). Bombardier is listed as an index component to the Dow Jones Sustainability World and North America indexes. News and information are available at

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