New Jersey Transit Corporation exercises option for 17 Bombardier locomotives

Photo: Bombardier.
Photo: Bombardier.

Bombardier Transportation is to deliver an additional 17 locomotives to the New Jersey Transit Corporation (NJ Transit).

The order is valued at €133 million and has been exercised from an initial contract signed in 2008 for 26 locomotives. NJ Transit previously exercised an option for nine units in 2011, meaning there is the option for an additional 37 units.

The locomotives will be manufactured in Germany and Poland with delivery expected to begin in November, 2019.

The Bombardier Alp-45 dual-power locomotives are capable of operating under both diesel power and alternating current electric power from overhead sources.

This flexibility enables the locomotives to operate across the entire NJ Transit system, which includes electrified and non-electrified lines, allowing passengers to ride a single train between New Jersey and New York Penn station without having to change trains.

NJ Transit is the largest statewide public transport system in the United States with three light rail lines and 12 commuter rail lines.

Bombardier has provided 100 electric and dual-power locomotives, hundreds of push-pull commuter coaches, and 429 multilevel vehicles to NJ Transit over the years.

It was also a member of the consortium that designed and built NJ Transit’s turnkey RiverLINE light rail system between Camden and Trenton, New Jersey, and now operates and maintains the system.

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