Thursday, December 15, 2011

Frankfurt/Main taps Bombardier again

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Bombardier Transportation said Thursday it has won an order to supply an additional 78 FLEXITY Swift high-floor light rail vehicles (LRVs) and 10 FLEXITY Classic trams to the Frankfurt Transport Authority, VGF, in Germany. 

bombardierˍlogo.jpgThe new LRVs are scheduled to be delivered between January 2014 and June 2017; the new trams will arrive in Frankfurt/Main between August and December 2012. The orders, which are options under two contracts signed with VGF in March 2006 and June 2002, are valued at approximately $219 million and $29 million, respectively. 

The vehicles, 25 meters in length, are designed so that they can be combined into 50-meter-long units, with passengers able to walk from one end to the other. The first two vehicles capable of being combined into one long unit have already been delivered for testing and are due to begin operating in February 2012. 

“Our significant investment in these new vehicles supplied by Bombardier is absolutely essential,” said Michael Budig, managing director of VGF. “It enables us to offer our passengers a metro and tram operation of the highest standard, one that meets the requirements of VGF and the city of Frankfurt.” 

This is the fourth order which VGF has placed with Bombardier Transportation, bringing the total number of vehicles ordered to date to 299. “This fourth order demonstrates VGF’s trust in our business as well as in our FLEXITY vehicles and continues our long-standing and successful partnership,” said Germar Wacker, president, Light Rail Vehicles, Bombardier Transportation. “The availability of our products, Bombardier’s know-how and VGF’s positive experience with our FLEXITY vehicles offer the ideal basis for these new trams and LRVs to demonstrate their reliability and efficiency in Frankfurt.” 

Bombardier notes the uni- and bidirectional vehicles are equipped with the MITRAC propulsion system. Both vehicle types are produced at Bombardier’s site in Bautzen, Germany. The electrical equipment will be provided from its site in Mannheim, the bogies from its site in Siegen, also in Germany.