Bombardier Transportation announced today that it has won a new contract to supply 146 Bombardier FLEXITY Swift high-floor light rail vehicles to the Frankfurt Transport Authority (Verkehrsgesellschaft Frankfurt am Main, VGF). The firm order is valued at approximately 300 million euros ($361 million US) and includes an option for up to 24 additional vehicles. Deliveries of the vehicles are scheduled to take place between May 2008 and mid 2015.
The FLEXITY Swift vehicles will be designed and manufactured at Bombardier’s site in Bautzen (Germany), with electrical equipment being supplied by its plant in Mannheim (Germany). The bogies will be produced at Bombardier’s Siegen (Germany) production facility.
“This new order illustrates VGF’s trust in the efficiency and reliability of our FLEXITY Swift vehicles and continues our long-standing and successful relationship with them", Walter Grawenhoff, President, Light Rail Vehicles, Bombardier Transportation said. "Bombardier’s proven know how and VGF’s positive operating and technical experience with our FLEXITY Classic trams are the best premise for going forward with the new fleet.”
The new FLEXITY Swift vehicles will be used in Frankfurt's high-floor network. The design concept is derived from the Bombardier FLEXITY Classic trams which have been in successful revenue service in Frankfurt since October 2003. A total of 65 FLEXITY Classic trams have been ordered by VGF since June 2002.
Michael Budig, Managing Director of VGF, commented: "We are looking forward to continuing our cooperation with Bombardier which began with the Frankfurt type "S" FLEXITY Classic trams in 2002. The new vehicles will enhance public transportation in Frankfurt to its highest level and provide continuity for the future. This is a very positive development, not only for our passengers but also for the city's development as a whole."
Twenty-five meters long and 2.65 meters wide the new bi-directional vehicles offer capacity for 184 passengers, including 48 seated. Traveling comfort is ensured by the air-conditioned interior as well as the spacious multipurpose areas, while safety is provided by a modern video monitoring system. The FLEXITY Swift is also equipped with the Bombardier MITRAC drive and control system for smooth and reliable performance.
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