BOMBARDIER FLEXITY modern streetcars to provide demonstration service on new Olympic Line
Bombardier Transportation announced today that it has signed a sponsorship agreement with the City of Vancouver to provide up to two BOMBARDIER FLEXITY Outlook streetcars for the City’s Downtown Streetcar 2010 Demonstration Project during the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. Bombardier will also provide operations and maintenance services for the two, 32-metre long vehicles during a 60-day period of passenger service.
The FLEXITY Outlook streetcars will be on loan from the Brussels Transport Company (STIB), which operates a 68-vehicle fleet in Brussels, Belgium, previously supplied by Bombardier Transportation. In January 2008, STIB awarded Bombardier a contract for 87 additional FLEXITY Outlook vehicles.
Mr. Alain Flausch, Managing Director of STIB, said, “On behalf of STIB and the people of Brussels, we are very proud that two FLEXITY Outlook streetcars from our fleet in Brussels will be enjoyed by both residents and visitors during Vancouver’s hosting of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. As an integral part of our transportation network, the 100% low-floor FLEXITY vehicles provide efficient and reliable service for the people of Brussels.”
“The Olympic Line will provide a modern and exciting transportation experience that demonstrates the potential of a future Downtown Streetcar network for Vancouver,” said Sam Sullivan, Mayor of Vancouver, B.C. “This sustainable transportation showcase is an important first step in realizing the City of Vancouver’s vision for the future of the streetcar – a clean, sustainable public transit option for which we believe the day has once again come.”
Mr. Grego Peters, President, Light Rail Vehicles, Bombardier Transportation, commented, “With sincere appreciation, we thank STIB, who made our sponsorship of the City of Vancouver possible.” He added, “Vancouver’s Olympic Line will demonstrate a new mode of sustainable rail transportation in one of the world’s most progressive transit environments. We are delighted to contribute to the Downtown Streetcar 2010 Demonstration Project and are eager to showcase our high performing FLEXITY Outlook streetcars in Vancouver and to visitors from around world.”
FLEXITY Outlook vehicles feature street level access for all passengers, especially for those with limited mobility, wide doors, large windows, and a spacious interior. Over 450 FLEXITY Outlook vehicles are in successful revenue service in the cities of Linz (Austria), Lodz (Poland), Eskisehir (Turkey), Geneva (Switzerland), Marseille (France), Valencia and Alicante (Spain), as well as Innsbruck (Austria), and will soon be put in operation in Palermo (Italy), Augsburg and Krefeld (Germany).
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Photo: FLEXITY Outlook streetcars from the Brussels Transport Company (STIB)
About Bombardier Transportation in British Columbia
Over the past 25 years, Bombardier Transportation has supplied rail transportation systems, vehicles and services for Metro Vancouver, including the highly successful fully automated SkyTrain Expo and Millennium Lines that use Bombardier’s Advanced Rapid Transit (ART) technology, over 250 ART vehicles delivered or on order, and 31 BOMBARDIER BiLevel commuters cars.
About Bombardier Transportation
Bombardier Transportation has its global headquarters in Berlin, Germany with a presence in over 60 countries. It has an installed base of over 100,000 vehicles worldwide. The Group offers the broadest product portfolio and is recognized as the leader in the global rail sector.
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 Jan. 31, 2008, were $17.5 billion US, 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 www.bombardier.com.
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