Wednesday, November 18, 2009

New Metro Cars

The STM has written a contract out to the Bombardier-Alstom consortium for making new metro cars. These are supposed to be in service in 2013. However, the Gazette states that the price and the number of cars bought has augmented.
The original $1.2-billion price tag from consortium Bombardier/Alstom to renew Montreal’s métro-car fleet has soared, perhaps to $2 billion, and the original 342 cars required has at least more than doubled to 765 and perhaps tripled to 1,000.

However, if you do the math, if the number of cars has doubled, so should the price. That means that the 765 cars that the Gazette says is now going to be in the contract, is at a cheaper price. Normally, the 765 cars would be at a price of 2.4 billion. The Gazette says that the price is at 2 million. Let's save the 4 million dollars and take this deal. Our metro would benefit from having more cars. Let's renew our system.

http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/daily-commuter/Métro+fleet+price+soars/2203729/story.html

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