There was good news for the workers at the Bombardier plant in Thunder Bay this morning, as the province announced it would buy 65 new bi-level GO train cars from Bombardier.
The order will increase GO Transit’s fleet of train cars to 743, and is an important step toward introducing two-way, all-day service on all seven GO rail lines. The purchase is part of The Big Move, a 25-year, $50-billion plan announced in 2008 for improving gridlock conditions in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.
About 250 workers will work on the $481 million order, which is expected to be delivered between June 2016 and July 2017.
“Our investments in mass transit continue to sustain and create jobs at Bombardier in Thunder Bay,” said Bill Mauro, MPP for Thunder Bay–Atikokan.
“Today’s announcement is good news for the employees at the plant and to the economy of Thunder Bay and northwestern Ontario as a whole.”
'We have the answer'
The vice president of the Bombardier Transportation Thunder Bay Business Unit said he’s glad for the order.
“We are pleased to provide Metrolinx with additional Bombardier bi-level coaches for GO Transit and welcome our customer’s renewed confidence in the products we deliver,” Aaron Rivers said.
According to a press release from Bill Mauro’s office, bi-level cab cars and passenger coaches have been part of GO Transit’s fleet since 1978 and are manufactured by Bombardier in Thunder Bay, which is the only Canadian manufacturer of commuter rail coaches.
The president of Unifor local 1075, which represents the workers, said his members "are very happy they have decided to choose us to solve the problems in Toronto."
Dominic Pasqualino added that every time he goes to Toronto it seems more and more congested.
"And we have the answer here in the street cars, in the bi-level cars and the subway cars."