Bombardier Transportation received an order from the Communauté Urbaine Marseille Provence Métropole (CUMPM) for the delivery of 26 bi-directional Bombardier FLEXITY Outlook trams. The new 100% low-floor trams will be put in service on the new tram network of Marseille that will open at the beginning of 2007. The value of the contract amounts to approximately $81 million US (61 million Euros). Deliveries are scheduled between September 2006 and April 2007.
“This order by the second largest city in France demonstrates the trust in our engineering competence and the implementation of a truly innovative and aesthetic industrial design. We are looking forward to soon present the realisation of the vehicle as a 1:1 mock-up in Marseille,” stated André Navarri, President, Bombardier Transportation.
The FLEXITY tram for Marseille is based on a proven modular technology that features a 100 % low floor interior while using conventional wheel-set bogies which offer excellent dynamic characteristics in terms of comfort and safety. The vehicles also include the Bombardier’s MITRAC propulsion and control system featuring the latest electronic technology.
The FLEXITY concept allowed a high degree of freedom to tailor the vehicles to the exclusive and innovative design created by MBD Design for CUMPM. The maritime background of the city is reflected in several aspects of the design: especially wide windows give a feeling of transparency; natural wooden seats and blue interior colour scheme accentuate the Mediterranean influence.
Vehicles of the same family are in successful revenue service in the cities of Linz (Austria), Lodz (Poland) and have recently been put in service in Geneva (Switzerland) and Eskisehir (Turkey). They have also been ordered by the city of Brussels (Belgium).
Bombardier Transportation in France operates primarily at its Crespin site in the Valenciennes region. In the French market, Bombardier Transportation participates in all TGV programs and manufactures a wide range of rolling stock for public transport. Among these products are the MF 2000 vehicles for the Paris metro, the Strasbourg, Nantes and Saint-Etienne tramways, the recent vehicles for the RER network and the TER2N NG regional transport railcars. Bombardier Transportation also signed a contract with SNCF for the supply of 500 TER (Regional Express Trains) of the Autorail Grande Capacité (AGC) type for the French regions.
A world-leading manufacturer of innovative transportation solutions, from regional aircraft and business jets to rail transportation equipment, Bombardier Inc. is a global corporation headquartered in Canada. Its revenues for the fiscal year ended Jan. 31, 2004 were $15.5 billion US and its shares are traded on the Toronto, Brussels and Frankfurt stock exchanges (BBD, BOM and BBDd.F). News and information are available at www.bombardier.com.
Bombardier, FLEXITY and MITRAC are trademarks of Bombardier Inc. or its subsidiaries.
Hélène V. Gagnon
+1 450 441-8156