Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Bombardier, Bratislava conduct FLEXITY tests

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Bombardier Transportation said Wednesday it and transport authority Dopravny podnik Bratislava (DPB) have begun test operations of a Bombardier's FLEXITY tram in Bratislava, Slovakia. Testing in the Slovakian capital city will continue through June 20.

The 100% low-floor vehicle will operate on a system designed for high-floor cars. The FLEXITY tram is one of an order placed by Spanish regional transport authority FGV for Alicante, Spain.

The FLEXITY car arrived in Bratislava on April 25 and has been undergoing extensive testing prior to operating on the system, Bombardier said.

Bratislava Mayor Dr. Milan Ftáčnik, said: "We welcome the cooperation with Bombardier and the possibility to have its modern 100% low-floor tram on our city's rail network. It provides us with the opportunity to show the citizens of Bratislava how comfortable, smooth and energy efficient public transport on modern, low-floor trams could be. We consider the further development and increase in rail transport in our city a key part of the solution to the traffic problems in our city."

Bombardier Transportation Vice President Sales and Products Oliver Schmidt said, "As the first manufacturer to provide Bratislava with a 100% low-floor tram, built in its twin city Vienna, we are confident that passengers will greatly appreciate the advantages of a stepless interior and a smooth ride while enjoying the splendid views of this beautiful city."