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Bombardier announces world's biggest streetcar sale

Bombardier announced Tuesday the sale of 204 streetcars to the Toronto Transit Commission in the largest single order for light rail vehicles in the world to date.

The contract is valued at 851 million Canadian dollars (735 million US, 523 million euros), the company said.

The first prototype streetcars modified to Toronto's specifications are to be delivered in 2011. A full roll-out is expected over the following seven years.

An additional 400 vehicles could also be ordered at a later date as Canada's largest city expands its streetcar network by 120 kilometers (75 miles) of new double-track lines, said Bombardier.

"The contract represents the largest single order ever for light rail vehicles worldwide and solidifies Bombardier's position as the world's leading provider of light rail technology," the company said in a statement.

Bombardier now has more than 2,700 trams and light rail vehicles operating or on order in cities across Europe, Australia and North America.

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