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Report On Business Bombardier lands $54-million contract to upgrade Via train cars

Passengers board a train to Toronto at Central Station in Montreal on Sunday, July 26, 2009.

Peter Mccabe/The Canadian Press

Bombardier Transportation’s plant northeast of Quebec City has obtained a $54-million contract from Via Rail to upgrade 17 train cars that date back to the 1950s.

Federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau and Via CEO Yves Desjardins-Siciliano made the announcement Tuesday in La Pocatière, about 150 kilometres from Quebec City.

Via says the contract will allow for the stainless steel cars to become fully accessible.

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Each reconfigured car will be equipped with two wheelchair lifts; two accessible spaces with anchoring devices; announcement display screens; and an accessible washroom.

The program is scheduled to be completed in 2020 and the renovated cars will be deployed over Via’s long-haul routes.

The La Pocatière plant has about 600 workers.

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