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March 02, 2005 07:00 ET

Bombardier to Deliver an Additional Eight Oeresund Trains to Region Skane in Sweden


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MARCH 2, 2005 - 07:00 ET

Bombardier to Deliver an Additional Eight Oeresund
Trains to Region Skane in Sweden

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - March 2, 2005) - Bombardier
Transportation (TSX:BBD) announced today that it received an additional
order from Region Skane for the production and delivery of eight,
three-car electric multiple units. The order is valued at approximately
$77 million US (approximately 530 M SEK or 58 million Euros). Region
Skane previously ordered a total of 32 Oeresund trains. The Oeresund
trains have been operating since the opening of the Oeresund bridge in
July 2000.

The trains, which can reach a maximum speed of 180 km/h, are capable of
crossing the bridge between Denmark and Sweden despite the different
rail infrastructures used in the two countries. The trains automatically
shift signalling and power systems when crossing the border thanks to a
sophisticated dual system integrated into the vehicles. Other features
of the interregional train include a middle-car design with low floors,
and entrances giving access to disabled passengers and passengers
carrying heavy luggage to the Copenhagen Airport.

The vehicles and propulsion equipment are designed by Bombardier in
Sweden. Propulsion equipment will also be manufactured at Bombardier's
production site in Vasteras. Cars will be produced in Germany at
Bombardier's Hennigsdorf and Gorlitz production sites. Bogies also will
be produced in Germany at facilities in Siegen.

Commenting on the order, Olof Persson, President, Mainline and Metros,
Bombardier Transportation, said: "Skanetrafiken is one of the most
progressive regional transportation authorities in Sweden with an
excellent track record and a very interesting future. Bombardier's
relationship with Skanetrafiken is built on historical cooperation,
including deliveries of 26 Pagatag trains and the 32 Oeresund trains
already ordered."

President of Skanetrafiken, Gosta Ahlberg commented on the purchase of
the new trains: "Since 2000, the Oeresund trains have been an unmatched
success and a vital part of the booming Oeresund and Skane region. The
increase in travel volume in this region is 6% annually, and travelling
over the bridge increased by 10.7% last year. We expect this to continue
in the near future. Also, the residents of Skane are pleased with their
public transport. It was recently established in a national survey on
public transport that 77% of the passengers were satisfied or very
satisfied with the public transport in the region. These new trains are
essential to meeting the demands for the future."

The total number of Oeresund trains ordered by Region Skane now stands
at 40 three-car vehicles. The Danish State Railways, Blekingetrafiken,
Lanstrafiken Kronoberg, SJ and Hallandstrafiken have also ordered a
total of 79 Oeresund trains, 56 of which have been delivered.

Bombardier Transportation in Sweden employs approximately 2,000 people
at sites in Vasteras, Stockholm, Kalmar, Hassleholm and Gothenburg.
Bombardier offers a complete product portfolio to the Swedish market and
has operations in Sweden that carry out design, manufacturing, project
management and after-sales activities. Sweden also serves as a
technology hub for Bombardier, developing signalling equipment and
propulsion & controls for the global market.

About Bombardier

A world-leading manufacturer of innovative transportation solutions,
from regional aircraft and business jets to rail transportation
equipment, Bombardier Inc. is a global corporation headquartered in
Canada. Its revenues for the fiscal year ended Jan. 31, 2004 were $15.5
billion US and its shares are traded on the Toronto and Frankfurt stock
exchanges (BBD and BBDd.F). News and information are available at
www.bombardier.com.

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    Bombardier Transportation
    Helene V. Gagnon
    Senior Director, Communications
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