NJ Transit ordered 17 new locomotives from Canadian company Bombardier for approximately $160 million, Bombardier announced Tuesday. This order is in addition to a 2008 order calling for 28 new locomotives.
"This option order is confirmation of the confidence NJ Transit has in our highly innovative, energy efficient, reliable and safe equipment," said Benoit Brossoit, president, Americas region, Bombardier Transportation. "The new locomotives will comply with the EPA's Tier 4 Exhaust Limits, making them environmentally friendly which is especially important in a metropolitan area like New York."
The dual-power locomotives, which can operate under both diesel power and alternating current electric power, allow passengers a one-train ride from New Jersey into New York Penn Station. In 2011-2012, NJ Transit was one of two transportation systems that marked the North American debut of this technology, the other of which being in Montreal, Quebec.
Over the course of their relationship, NJ Transit has received 100 electric and dual-power locomotives, hundreds of push-pull commuter coaches, and 429 multilevel vehicles from Bombardier. As the nation’s largest statewide public transportation system, NJ Transit accommodates 944,000 passenger trips on the average weekday via bus, rail, light rail, and paratransit service.
Delivery of this round of locomotives is scheduled to start in November 2019.
The original version of this story incorrectly identified Bombardier as a German company.