Topics of Rolling Stock
April 1, 2011
Nippon Sharyo, LTD.
On March 31, 2011, Metrolinx in Toronto, Canada awarded a contract for 12 new Diesel Multiple Units (DMUs) to Nippon Sharyo and Sumitomo Corporation of America (SCOA). The contract price is $53 million, and includes an option for Metrolinx to purchase up to an additional 6 cars. If the option is exercised, the total contract will amount to $75 million. These vehicles are scheduled for delivery from the end of 2013 through 2014, and will be the first vehicle delivery to Canada for the SCOA/ Nippon Sharyo team.
The new DMUs will be used for the Air Rail Link (ARL), which is an express rail link that will connect Pearson Airport with Union Station in downtown Toronto – Canada’s two busiest transportation hubs. The ARL service will be operational by 2015, in time for the Pan Am Games, and will offer a critical transit alternative to the five million car trips that take place every year between these destinations.
Metrolinx combined their procurement requirements with the Sonoma Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART in Northern California) contract. Metrolinx used this strategy to receive the combined benefits of very competitive pricing and an aggressive delivery schedule – in time for the 2015 Pan Am Games. The vehicles will meet Tier 4 emissions standards, be FRA compliant and incorporate Crash Energy Management (CEM) features.