Bombardier Redefines the Future of Urban Transportation at the 59th UITP World Congress in Dubai

Game-changing transportation solutions including revolutionary contactless electric mobility technology and high capacity / low land use monorail systems.

Bombardier Transportation will showcase two of its most recent and major innovations in the field of urban mobility - the BOMBARDIER PrimoveCity e-mobility solution and the BOMBARDIER INNOVIA Monorail 300 system - at the 59th World Congress and Exhibition of the International Association of Public Transport (UITP) in Dubai, April 11-14, 2011.

Under the theme “The Future of Urban Transportation”, Bombardier will explain how its PrimoveCity contactless power transfer solution addresses the current range and recharging constraints of all types of electric vehicles, such as trams, buses and cars. In addition, Bombardier will show how the INNOVIA Monorail 300 system can offer medium to high transport capacities, with cost-effective, short time construction and very low use of premium inner city space.

The high-capacity BOMBARDIER MOVIA metro, the highly energy-efficient BOMBARDIER FLEXITY 2 light rail vehicles and the pioneering BOMBARDIER CITYFLO 650 communication-based train control system will also be exhibited.

“We are very proud to once again be demonstrating our technological leadership and offering solutions that redefine the future of urban transportation at the UITP World Congress” said André Navarri, President and COO, Bombardier Transportation, on the opening day of the event.

“Population increase, congestion and pollution are continually growing concerns for many urban centres. Today, no one doubts that urban mobility needs to be emission-free, highly efficient, easy to implement and occupy the least possible urban land space;” Navarri added. “Bombardier’s PrimoveCity and INNOVIA 300 system technologies suit all these criteria and are perfect answers to vital mobility needs. In addition, we are also showcasing many other innovative technologies here in Dubai”.

He concluded: “Dubai is an ideal place to showcase Mass Transit innovations. The entire Middle East is a shining example of a region where urban transport infrastructure is being focused on with great foresight and environmental planning. We are very proud to be a part of that development, with our INNOVIA Monorail 300 system being built in the prestigious King Abdullah Financial District in Riyadh. We look forward to partnering with the transport authorities in the region to develop more such sustainable transport projects.”

Summary information on Bombardier rail products displayed the Mobility and City Transport Exhibition UITP Dubai 2011

Bombardier will premiere its game-changing PrimoveCity solution for both light rail vehicles and buses. Also on display will be interactive modules demonstrating the innovation within the INNOVIA family of driverless turnkey systems, the most-energy efficient tram, the FLEXITY 2, and the world’s most successful metro car, Bombardier’s high capacity MOVIA metro. Visitors will also be able to enjoy a hands-on experience configuring urban transit solutions with the innovative BOMBARDIER ECO4 energy saving applications for use in mass transit and other fields of the railway market. Visitors will also be able to experience a live demonstration of Bombardier’s CITYFLO 650 rail control solution operating in Metro Madrid. The Bombardier exhibition stand is the 7C200 located in hall 7.

PrimoveCity and PRIMOVE
Bombardier’sPrimoveCity program addresses the range and recharging constraints of electric vehicles and promises to reshape transportation by providing common technology for all forms of electric vehicles, including trams, buses, trucks, taxis and cars. No other solution provides comparable benefits of dynamic charging, power, flexibility, safety and intermodality.

PrimoveCity utilizes the BOMBARDIER PRIMOVE technology capable of providing contactless power transfer for all electric vehicles. Using inductive energy transfer, PRIMOVE equipment mounted under the vehicle generates power from cables creating a magnetic field placed under the ground’s surface. The system only energizes when it is fully covered by the vehicle. Vehicle and wayside components are designed to meet all applicable safety standards. Reliable performance is ensured, even under adverse weather and ground conditions such as snow, rain, ice, sand or water.

Having successfully demonstrated the PRIMOVE technology with a Bombardier low floor tram in Augsburg, Germany, and a bus on a 125-meter stretch of road in Lommel, Belgium, as part of Flanders’ DRIVE research project ‘Inductive Charging for Electric Vehicles’, which is financially supported by the Flemish government, Bombardier is now further trialling the technology with partners and stakeholders. The success of these first two initiatives encouraged Bombardier to launch the PrimoveCity program which will provide easy urban mobility for all types of electric vehicles. This summer tests will also begin with an automobile.

INNOVIA 300 driverless turnkey systems
INNOVIA 300 driverless turnkey systems, entailing Monorail, Advanced Rapid Transit and Automated People Mover solutions, are the perfect answer to mobility needs from within airports, airport links to principal mass transit arteries. Driverless turnkey systems are the emerging game-changing solution to smart mobility, transporting hundreds of thousands of passengers safely, efficiently, comfortably and reliably to their destinations.

Within Bombardier’s turnkey systems the newest game-changing technology is theINNOVIA Monorail 300 system. Cost-effective to introduce and negating the need for major infrastructural or civil works it offers transport capacity ranging from 3,000 passengers per hour per direction (pphpd) up to 50,000 pphpd. Whether transporting visitors to out of town destinations, or offering high capacity, frequent services for more densely used inner-city routes, monorail ensures passengers experience the ultimate in modern ride comfort.

The INNOVIA Monorail 300 system is becoming the choice of many city planners and transit authorities for various reasons:

  • Low disruption civil works in the streets and fast construction as structures and rail components can be prefabricated off-site and then assembled along the route.
  • The land footprint of the guideway is small and monorails can negotiate tighter curves than other types of transit system, bringing benefits in dense urban areas. A comparable capacity Bus Rapid Transit would occupy at least an 18-meter wide segregated corridor in the streets while the monorail only requires the installation of slim pillars.
  • They can even be routed through buildings for the convenience of in-building stops.
  • Shorter headways between trains and reduced maintenance with the proven CITYFLO 650 automatic train control system.

Bombardier is currently executing two high profile orders for the INNOVIA Monorail 300 system: a contract to supply a 3.6-km system for the prestigious King Abdullah Financial District in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and a contract to supply a 24-km system for São Paulo, Brazil. The latter will be the largest and highest capacity monorail system in the world, designed to transport 48,000 pphpd, after the predicted fleet expansion. It will reduce end-to-end travel time from current two hours to just 50 minutes – a real quality of life benefit for up to 500,000 riders daily.

For both cities, the INNOVIA Monorail 300 system is a logical choice. It offers the speed – up to 80 km/h – and capacity to make the most out of the investment. The light car shell construction, highly efficient and compact BOMBARDIER MITRAC Permanent Magnet motor, and regenerative braking make it extremely energy-efficient. Not only is it efficient, it’s also attractive to riders. The futuristic, aesthetically-pleasing exterior makes an immediately strong first impression, while the improved suspension delivers excellent ride quality. Low noise levels make it an ideal choice for service to prominent business districts.

MOVIA metro
The success of the MOVIA metro is acknowledged by operators around the world, more than 3,900 MOVIA metro cars have been ordered to date. Bombardier’s expertise is proven as a world’s major supplier of metro cars, over 7 billion people every year use its metro cars in cities like New York, Montreal, Toronto, Paris, London, Berlin, Bucharest, Stockholm, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, New Delhi and many others.

One of the high-profile examples of the high-quality, high-capacity MOVIA metro cars is the fast growing metro network of the great city of New Delhi in India that moves 4 million commuters every day. After a first contract in 2007 Delhi Metro Rail Corporation has ordered so far 538 MOVIA metro cars to date. Today over 300 of them are operating successfully on Delhi’s metro network. With more high-capacity MOVIA metro cars in operation mobility in Delhi is clearly improving by the week. Passengers’ travel experience is greatly enhanced by shorter waiting time and more space inside the trains. During the last Commonwealth Games in Delhi, the MOVIA metro trains have been a key element of a successful mobility plan implemented by DMRC.

The MOVIA metro vehicles integrate the world’s most advanced technologies in metro vehicle manufacturing, such as stainless steel car bodies and the reliable MITRAC propulsion and control system featuring IP technology. The MOVIA metros are developed from a standardized platform, which ensures a high degree of reliability, safety and maintainability while providing low life-cycle cost. Original, stylish and fully accessible, the MOVIA metro offers values and services that are second to none.

FLEXITY 2 tram
TheFLEXITY 2 tram is the latest development of the highly successful FLEXITY modular tram platform. It combines proven elements and innovations which make it fit for future developments in urban transport.

With the FLEXITY platform, Bombardier was the first in industry to combine a 100% low-floor technology with conventional wheel-set bogies, allowing for low-level entrance that guarantees easy access. The FLEXITY 2 tram will not only feature this breakthrough technology, but also an improved carbody concept, better corrosion protection, an improved cab structure, an enhanced air-conditioning system, a unique driver’s cab and the second generation of MITRAC traction equipment. In addition, it also showcases exchangeable front modules and a flexible interior design with unprecedented possibilities for customization.

As an option, the FLEXITY 2 tram can also be equipped with the new PRIMOVE system. The PRIMOVE technology allows catenary-free and contactless operation and is a new solution for tram networks especially suited to areas of architectural significance and historic cityscapes.

Recent Bombardier LRV business highlights:

  • June 2009: Bombardier receives landmark contract from Toronto Transit Commission to supply 204 100% low-floor streetcars. To be delivered between 2012 and 2018, it is the largest single order for light rail vehicles in the world.
  • July 2009: Bombardier Transportation wins its first worldwide order for the
    FLEXITY 2 tram design. Funded by the Department for Transport, Blackpool Council and Lancashire County Council the vehicles are for the coastal tourist resort of Blackpool in the UK.
  • October 2010: Bombardier receives a further order from Brussels public transit operator STIB for the delivery of 65 bi-directional FLEXITY Outlook trams, bringing the total ordered by STIB to 220 vehicles - currently the largest tram fleet of one vehicle worldwide

CITYFLO 650 communication-based train control
CITYFLO 650 is a highly proven communication-based train control system operating successfully around the world on 13 lines in North America, Europe and Asia. It increases network capacities through shorter and more consistent headways by allowing moving block operation. Inexpensive to install, it fully exploits the capacity of the system and reduces energy and wear on the track and vehicles. The CITYFLO 650 solution eliminates wayside equipment due to its simple, reliable radio-based train-to-wayside communications systems and can provide interoperability with legacy train control systems.

Recent major CITYFLO 650 solution deliveries include the ground-breaking solution in operation on Lines 1 and 6 of the Metro de Madrid in Spain and the recent commissioning on the first phase of the Shenzhen Metro Line 3 in China. Key ongoing projects are underway in Saudi Arabia and Brazil, as an integral part of the INNOVIA 300 system.

The CITYFLO 650 module at the Bombardier stand allows online access to the operations of the Madrid network, one of the busiest in Europe.

In operation in lines 1 and 6 of Metro Madrid, the CITYFLO 650 solution is a key contributor to Metro de Madrid’s program to increase capacity and improve quality of service. The system was installed, without interruption to service and has enabled a reduction in dynamic headways to a minimum of 40 seconds, whilst increasing network availability and safety. Metro Madrid Lines 1 and 6 have seen a proven increase in passenger - carrying capacity of 30%, with further improvement expected.

ECO4 products and technologies
ECO4 is a portfolio of eco-active technologies, products and solutions which offer best-in-class environmental and total train performance. ECO4 products help balancing the four cornerstones of energy, efficiency, economy and ecology. ECO4 products enable energy savings of up to 50 per cent customized to any fleet.

Some of the ECO4 applications can be experienced at interactive modules on the Bombardier Transportation stand at the UITP Mobility & City Transport Exhibition, such as:

  • BOMBARDIER EBI Drive 50 Driver Assistance System – With traction energy savings of up to 15 per cent, plus costs and wear reductions, the EBI Drive 50 Driver Assistance System is the world’s first integrated solution in this area. Smoother operation of trains also results in reduced wear of wheel sets, engines, brakes and tracks.
  • MITRAC Energy Saver – The system stores the electrical energy released when braking and allows it to be used during the next acceleration of the vehicle or in drive operation. The technology is based on double layer capacitors and can help reduce the energy consumption of a light rail or metro system by up to 30 per cent. In addition, it enables catenary-free operation for short distances.

About Bombardier Transportation 
Bombardier Transportation, a global leader in rail technology, offers the broadest portfolio in the rail industry and delivers innovative products and services that set new standards in sustainable mobility. BOMBARDIER ECO4 technologies – built on the four cornerstones of energy, efficiency, economy and ecology – conserve energy, protect the environment and help to improve total train performance. Bombardier Transportation is headquartered in Berlin, Germany and has a presence in over 60 countries. It has an installed base of over 100,000 vehicles worldwide. 

About Bombardier
A world-leading manufacturer of innovative transportation solutions, from commercial aircraft and business jets to rail transportation equipment, systems and services, Bombardier Inc. is a global corporation headquartered in Canada. Its revenues for the fiscal year ended January 31, 2011, were $17.7 billion, and its shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (BBD). Bombardier is listed as an index component to the Dow Jones Sustainability World and North America indexes. News and information are available at or follow us on Twitter @BombardierInc.

Photos: BOMBARDIER PrimoveCity e-mobility solution and BOMBARDIER INNOVIA Monorail 300 system

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