On the heels of Bombardier announcing it has been awarded the contract to produce 125 new GO commuter trains, local MPPS were quick to applaud the order.

In a press release, MPP Bill Mauro said -

"Bombardier is Thunder Bay's largest private sector employer. This investment, the latest in a long series of investments by our government in mass transit will help ensure that a significant workforce remains at Bombardier contributing greatly to the economy of Thunder Bay and Northwestern Ontario."

MPP Michael Gravelle also expressed his hope that the announcement means good things for the next few years, especially since Bombardier announced massive layoffs at its Thunder Bay facility back in February.

"This is exciting news for Bombardier and our region," said Gravelle, "investments like this, will create jobs and keep people right here in Thunder Bay working and our community strong for years to come."

Production of the 'BiLevel' rail cars is scheduled to start in the northwestern Ontario city in the second quarter of 2018, and final delivery is scheduled for the first quarter of 2020.

The Montreal-based company announced the order from Berlin where its Bombardier Transportation rail equipment business has its global headquarters.

The order is the result of a conversion of purchase options held by Metrolinx, the Ontario government's regional transportation agency for the Toronto and Hamilton areas.

Bombardier says the cars have been deployed or ordered for transit authorities in 14 metropolitan regions across Canada and the United States.

With files from the Canadian Press and CBC