First Hybrid Locomotives Sold in North
August 22, 2008
Source: SustainableBusiness.com News
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Bombardier Transportation (BBD.TO)announced today it has signed two
contracts to supply the first North American hybrid, or dual-powered,
passenger locomotives to the New Jersey Transit Corporation and the
Agence Metropolitaine de Transport (AMT) in Montreal.
The new dual-powered locomotives are capable of operating under both
diesel power and alternating current electric power from overhead
sources. The flexible power system will enable the locomotives to
operate across the entire NJ TRANSIT and AMT rail systems, which include
both electrified and non-electrified lines.
The order from NJ Transit, valued at approximately 178 million euros
($262 million US), is for 26 dual-powered locomotives, capable of
running on both diesel power and alternating current electric power from
overhead sources. The contract includes options for an additional 63
The order from AMT, valued at approximately 152 million euros ($223
million US), is for 20 dual-powered locomotives.
Locomotives for both contracts will be built at Bombardier manufacturing
facilities in Germany and Poland. Delivery to clients is scheduled to
begin in 2011.
"We are proud to support NJ TRANSIT and AMT in their continuing
commitment to provide modern, efficient, environmentally-friendly
passenger rail service." said Ake Wennberg, President, Locomotives and
Equipment Division, Bombardier Transportation.
NJ TRANSIT is the third largest provider of public transit in the United
States. AMT is the second largest commuter rail service in Canada and
the sixth in terms of ridership in North America. AMT is the umbrella
organization that plans, integrates and coordinates public
transportation services across the greater Montreal region.