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The new high-speed rail Bombardier Jettrain locomotive visits Toronto

(Bombardier published the following press release.)

TORONTO, ONTARIO -- Bombardier Transportation's latest high-speed rail innovation, the Bombardier JetTrain(a) locomotive, stopped at Toronto's Union Station today as part of its North American demonstration tour.

The JetTrain locomotive is the first non-electric high-speed rail solution designed specifically for the North American market. Powered by a turbine engine derived from a Canadian Pratt & Whitney PW 150, the JetTrain technology is designed to operate at 240 km per hour and meets all North American safety standards for high-speed rail and mixed traffic.

JetTrain trainsets were designed to offer the speed and acceleration of electric trains without the cost of building electrified rail lines, so they could begin service today on Canada's existing rail network. As tracks are upgraded, JetTrain service operating speeds increase, introducing high-speed rail incrementally and cost effectively.

With one third of the country's population living in the Quebec-Windsor corridor and facing growing traffic congestion, JetTrain high-speed rail service offers passengers a new way to travel between cities every day in safety, comfort and speed. "At optimal speeds, JetTrain service can take passengers between Toronto and Montreal in about 3 hours and 15 minutes, downtown to downtown," says Lecia Stewart, Vice President, High-speed rail for Bombardier Transportation, North America. "Toronto-Ottawa would take about 2 hours and 30 minutes."

High-speed rail also offers environmental benefits that can contribute to meeting Canada's Kyoto Protocol commitments for cutting greenhouse gas emissions. "On a per passenger basis, JetTrain service uses 40 per cent less fuel and produces 40 per cent fewer greenhouse gas emissions than carrying the same number of people by car," explained Stewart. "JetTrain technology is significantly more environmentally friendly than other forms of transportation."

The Bombardier JetTrain locomotive is the result of a public-private development partnership that began in 1998 between Bombardier Transportation and the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) in the United States. Toronto is the second stop in a year-long North American tour that will take the JetTrain locomotive to cities in many of the 13 rail corridors that have been identified for high-speed rail development in Canada and the United States. The tour began last week in Montreal, and the locomotive will next travel to Calgary before heading to the United States, where it was unveiled last October.

Bombardier Transportation manufactures 20 different intercity and high-speed products, including seven different high-speed locomotives. Bombardier has participated in the development of many of the world's leading high-speed rail systems, including four different TGVs, the ICE trains used in Germany and the Netherlands, Italy's ETR 500, China's Xinshisu, Spain's AVE 102 and America's Acela.

Bombardier Transportation is the global leader in the rail equipment manufacturing and servicing industry. Its wide range of products includes passenger rail cars and total transit systems. It also manufactures locomotives, freight cars, propulsion & controls and provides rail control solutions.

Bombardier Inc., a diversified manufacturing and services company, is a world-leading manufacturer of business jets, regional aircraft, rail transportation equipment and motorized recreational products. It also provides financial services and asset management in business areas aligned with its core expertise. Headquartered in Montreal, Canada, the Corporation has a workforce of some 75,000 people in 24 countries throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia-Pacific. Its revenues for the fiscal year ended Jan. 31, 2002 stood at $21.6 billion Cdn. Bombardier trades on the Toronto, Brussels and Frankfurt stock exchanges (BBD, BOM and BBDd.F).

Thursday, March 20, 2003

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