Bombardier Wins
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Bombardier Wins

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The TTC has announced that staff is recommending Bombardier—over Siemens—to manufacture more than two hundred new low-floor light rail vehicles, due to roll out across Toronto’s existing streetcar network starting in 2012 (for “passenger service,” after a prototype arrives in 2011), at a cost of $1.22 billion.
According to TTC Director of Communications Brad Ross, cars for Transit City “still need to be ordered,” and those cars “will be different—bi-directional, doors on both sides, different truck assemblies, etc.” The release sent out today notes that the contract, to be voted on at next Monday’s meeting, “also allows for an option to purchase up to 400 LRVs for the new Transit City network.”
You can take a look at Bombardier’s website for the vehicles now; they’re apparently calling the new LRV vehicles “Flexity,” which we, until now, assumed was a typo.
Renderings, sent today with the announcement’s press release, courtesy of the TTC.

CORRECTION: APRIL 24, 2009 This article originally said that the Bombardier cars featured above were “due to fill out Transit City starting in 2011.” Brad Ross, the TTC’s Director of Communications, clarified to Torontoist this afternoon that the cars are “for the existing network only”—not Transit City, though the contract with Bombardier includes an option for additional cars to serve that network. We’ve fixed that mistake, and updated the article with additional information from Ross and the TTC’s press release.