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TTC approves 186 more subway cars

It's a done deal for the latest subway contract for Bombardier. On Thursday the Toronto Transit Commission approved an order for 186 additional subway cars to be built at the Thunder Bay railcar plant.
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The Toronto Transit Commission logo and the side of a TTC streetcar are seen in this file photo. (tbnewswatch.com)

It's a done deal for the latest subway contract for Bombardier.

On Thursday the Toronto Transit Commission approved an order for 186 additional subway cars to be built at the Thunder Bay railcar plant.

Thunder Bay Television first reported Wednesday that the $400-million contract will provide about 14 months of additional work for hundreds of employees at the local plant. The contract is an extension of the original TTC order for 234 cars, which local officials fought for and won in 2006 when the plant was in danger of closing due to a lack of orders.

The plant spent several years developing the prototype six-car set, and the first shipment of the new Rocket subway cars is scheduled for delivery in August.

This new order will keep the line running until the end of 2013.

Bombardier spokesperson Marc-André Lefebvre said the company is pleased with how its negotiations with the TTC have gone.

The extension boosts the total value of the subway contract to just over $1 billion.