Bombardier Transportation welcomes the notice given by the Board of Directors of the Brussels transport authority (STIB) to award Bombardier an order for 46 bidirectional Bombardier FLEXITY Outlook trams. The contract, which will be officially signed in about three weeks, includes the overhaul of the vehicles’ bogies and propulsion equipment for a period of 15 years. The total value of the contract is approximately $191 million Cdn (125 million Euros), including $162 million Cdn (106 million Euros) for the vehicles and $29 million Cdn (19 million Euros) for the overhaul services. The delivery of the 100% low-floor trams is expected to take place between June 2005 and February 2007.
“STIB’s decision reflects once more its confidence in Bombardier’s products and services,” commented Walter Grawenhoff, President, Light Rail Vehicles, Bombardier Transportation, on the announcement. “Since the 1950s, we have worked together closely on various tram and metro cars projects. The new FLEXITY Outlook vehicles will undoubtedly add to the impressive reputation that STIB has already gained.”
Production of the vehicles will be undertaken by Bombardier mainly at its facility in Bruges, Belgium; the bogies will be produced at its Siegen site and the propulsion, at its Mannheim facility, both in Germany.
This order brings to 290 the number of FLEXITY Outlook vehicles purchased since 1999. Similar vehicles are in successful revenue service in the cities of Linz (Austria) and Lodz (Poland) and have recently been ordered by the cities of Eskisehir (Turkey) and Geneva (Switzerland).
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