Bombardier Transportation

Bombardier Transportation

March 30, 2007 09:00 ET

Bombardier Awarded 63 Million Euro Rail Maintenance Contract in South Florida

BERLIN, GERMANY--(CCNMatthews - March 30, 2007) - Bombardier Transportation announced today that it has been awarded a seven-year contract valued at 63 million euros ($84 million US) by the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority (SFRTA) to provide maintenance services for SFRTA's fleet of commuter rail vehicles. The agreement includes one option for a three-year extension. Should that option be exercised, the contract value could reach up to 91 million euros ($122 million US).

Bombardier's mandate under the agreement is to design and implement a comprehensive life-cycle maintenance program for SFRTA's commuter rail fleet, which includes locomotives, self-propelled passenger rail vehicles and Bombardier BiLevel passenger coaches. Specific responsibilities include preventive and corrective maintenance, scheduled vehicle and component overhauls, materials provisioning and handling, and implementation of a new Maintenance Management Information System.

SFRTA's Tri-Rail commuter service operates along a 72-mile corridor from Miami to West Palm Beach on the east coast of southern Florida. The Tri-Rail service currently runs 40 trains per day with expectations for additional trains later this year. Formal transition of the maintenance operation to Bombardier is scheduled for July 1, 2007.

"We are very pleased that another transit authority has selected Bombardier to keep its rail assets in top working condition," said Mike Hardt, Vice President for Bombardier Transportation's rail services business in North America. "Our focus is to continue growing Bombardier's business presence in the North American rail services market, and this contract indicates that we are moving in the right direction."

Bombardier is the world's leading supplier of rail services, maintaining more than 8,000 vehicles internationally. Bombardier's services portfolio supports the entire life cycle of passenger rail vehicles and equipment, including fleet operations and maintenance, vehicle and component overhaul services, and materials solutions.

In North America, Bombardier maintains commuter rail fleets in Los Angeles, San Diego, Toronto and Ottawa. It is involved in combined fleet operations and maintenance contracts for rail systems in Boston and southern New Jersey. Bombardier also provides a range of operations and maintenance services for fully automated transit systems and people movers in 12 U.S. cities.

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Bombardier ORBITA

In September 2006, Bombardier launched ORBITA, a major technical advancement in management of rail maintenance. ORBITA allows Control Center-based system experts to analyze data, liaise with maintenance depots and cross-reference information from Bombardier's extensive global fleet database to establish patterns of equipment performance. This enables Bombardier to diagnose and identify potential equipment issues before they occur, allowing quick and knowledgeable response to in-service faults.

About Bombardier Transportation

Bombardier Transportation has its global headquarters in Berlin, Germany with a presence in over 60 countries. It has an installed base of over 100,000 vehicles worldwide. The Group offers the broadest product portfolio and is recognized as the leader in the global rail sector.

About Bombardier

A world-leading manufacturer of innovative transportation solutions, from regional 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, 2007, were $14.8 billion US, and its shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (BBD). News and information are available at

Bombardier, ORBITA and BiLevel are trademarks of Bombardier Inc. or its subsidiaries.

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