FLEXITY Solution For Smooth And Fast Commuter Operations
Bombardier Transportation announced today that it has been awarded a contract from RET, the public transport operator of the Rotterdam region in The Netherlands, to design and build 43 BOMBARDIER FLEXITY Swift vehicles. The contract is valued at approximately 140 million euros ($ 205 million US). An option for 21 additional vehicles is foreseen, depending on passenger increase and expansion of the RET network with the Hoekse line. Deliveries of the 43 vehicles are scheduled from June 2009 to February 2011.
The vehicles will operate on the Erasmus and Caland lines to provide quick and comfortable transportation in the Rotterdam area. They are of the same type as the 21 FLEXITY units that were ordered in 2005 for the Rotterdam part of the RandstadRail network, also operated by RET. Altogether, Bombardier has delivered 81 metros and sneltrams between 1998 and 2002, and the current generation is based on this proven technical concept. Over the years, Bombardier has greatly contributed to improving the attractiveness of public transport services and to increasing mobility for people travelling in and around Rotterdam.
Grego Peters, acting President for Bombardier Transportation’s Light Rail Vehicles Division, stated: “This order underlines our long-lasting partnership with RET, built on the experience of both parties. The good cooperation and communication between Bombardier and RET made it possible to develop the actual concept of the vehicle.”
The three-car vehicles have a total length of 42 meters with a passenger capacity of 270 (104 seated and 166 standees). During peak hours, up to three such units can be coupled to increase the capacity. Every vehicle has two areas for wheelchairs and prams while the seven double doors on both sides of the vehicle allow a smooth passenger flow. The vehicle is also equipped with modern ventilation and air-conditioning systems, and has low noise levels, comfortable seats, a modern information system as well as a modern design. The vehicles are equipped with the BOMBARDIER MITRAC propulsion system.
Background facts and figures
About Bombardier Transportation in The Netherland
Bombardier Transportation has been the Dutch Railways’ (NS) supplier for more than 30 years and delivered the majority of its rolling stock. Recent important NS contracts include double-deck electrical multiple units (VIRM) and the Sprinter LightTrain, a project in consortium with Siemens. Bombardier is also refurbishing SGM rolling stock and received a contract from Prorail for the installation of ERTMS equipment on the Amsterdam-Utrecht line. In addition to the Rotterdam fleet, Bombardier delivered FLEXITY light rail vehicles to the transport authority of The Hague (HTM) for operation on the RijnGouwe line.
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 regional 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, 2007, were $14.8 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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