Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Bombardier wins Australian tram order

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Bombardier Transportation has received an order from Victoria, Australia, for 50 Bombardier FLEXITY Swift low floor trams, with anoption for a further 100. The $293 million contract covers the supply of a mock-up, maintenance equipment, and tram maintenance.

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Known locally as FLEXITY Melbourne, the trams carry up to 210 passengers. They will be manufactured by Bombardier at its Dandenong site, with sites in Mannheim and Siegen, Germany, supplying propulsion systems and bogies, respectively. The first vehicles are to be delivered in 2012.

Melbourne’s Tram network is one of the world’s largest, with the FLEXITY Swift tram providing extra capacity to address rapidly growing ridership.

Bombardier is currently delivering 51 two- and three-car VLocity regional trains to the Victorian Government.

More than 1,500 FLEXITY vehicles are already in service. Bombardier now has more than 2,800 trams and light rail vehicles operating or on order in cities across Europe, Australia, and North America.