USA: On November 21 San Francisco’s BART ordered an additional 365 metro cars as an option on a contract with Bombardier Transportation signed in 2012 that has seen 410 cars ordered to date.

An agreement with Bombardier to increase the rate of deliveries is expected to shorten the fleet renewal programme by 21 months; it will also provide five free cars and improve the brakes. According to BART, this will bring savings of $128m.

A pilot batch of 10 cars is scheduled to be delivered in early 2015, with the 765 production cars following between early 2017 and 2021. The cars will be assembled at Bombardier’s plant in Plattsburgh, New York, with at least 60% American content.

‘Replacing our existing fleet is essential to BART’s commitment to be a world class, sustainable public transportation system’, said BART President Tom Radulovich.