Bombardier’s share of the contract is valued at $C 281m, while Alstom’s is worth $C 167m.

Most of the manufacturing and final assembly of all 153 additional vehicles will take place at Bombardier’s facility at La Pocatière in the Bas St-Laurent region of Québec where manufacturing of the final trains in the initial order for STM is nearing completion. As with the first phase of the order, Alstom will supply the bogies and the motors, as well as the train control, communication, passenger information and CCTV systems.

Each trains can accommodate 8% more passengers, and features open gangways, doors which are 27% wider than legacy sets, an improved ventilation system, passenger information systems, CCTV and a two-way intercom system connecting passengers with the driver.

“We are delighted by this announcement, which will maintain hundreds of jobs at our plant in La Pocatière, as well as at our North American headquarters in St Bruno,” says Mr Benoit Brossoit, president of the Americas Region at Bombardier.

“As part of Alstom's global centre of excellence for bogies manufacturing, our Sorel-Tracy employees are among the most qualified employees in the province and maintaining their workload is a priority for us,” says general manager of Alstom Canada, Mr Angelo Guercioni. “We are happy to add another project to their current backlog. In addition to providing the bogies, our partnership with STM also extends to the Montréal metro control centre.”