Bombardier Wins vs Metrolinx but excludes Bombardier from bid to operate GO trains in 2023
Metrolinx said Friday that it will seek new operators to take over the suburban GO Transit and UP Express airport rail services after the current contract expires in 2023.
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By Ross Marowits The Canadian Press
MONTREAL – Ontario's transit agency has decided not to appeal a court ruling favouring Bombardier but will exclude the Montreal-based company from bidding to continue operating GO Transit trains as it has done for decades.
The winning bidder to be chosen in about a year will first review the current operations by Bombardier and two other Canadian companies and then operate the services as it quadruples in size to 6,000 trains a week from 1,500.
"We really need to bring in an internationally experienced operator (or consortium) to help us do this," Metrolinx spokeswoman Anne Marie Aikins said in an interview.
She said the existing operators wouldn't be able to objectively review the current service and therefore won't be eligible to bid.
However, Aikins said the winning bidder wouldn't be precluded from using the services of Bombardier and the other two companies to operate and maintain the trains.
She said the contract with Bombardier is worth about $100 million a year.
Eric Prud'homme, spokesman for Bombardier, said the company is...