Bombardier expands U.S. footprint in California
Mobility solution provider Bombardier Transportation announced that it is opening a rail car assembly site in Pittsburg, California. Elliot G. Sander, President, Americas Division, Bombardier Transportation was joined by federal, state and local California officials and San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District General Manager Grace Crunican at the site for the official announcement. The first rail equipment off the Pittsburg assembly line will be the "Fleet of the Future" rail cars from Bombardier's 775-car contract with BART. This work, which is currently taking place at the Bombardier site in upstate New York, will be transferred to its new "sister site" in California over the coming months. The move will serve several purposes including retaining and creating local jobs in Pittsburg and freeing up space at the New York site for new and upcoming East Coast orders. "We are pleased that the new rail cars for Bay Area passengers will now be produced in the Bay Area by Bay Area citizens," said Sander. "The Pittsburg site will also enable Bombardier to pursue additional business opportunities in the growing rail transit equipment market on the West Coast and to serve this market with increased effectiveness. We'd like to thank the Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development for its support, which includes the award of a California Competes Tax Credit," he added.