Basel Places Biggest Order in 116-year History with Bombardier

Tuesday, 31. January 2012 15:39
Bombardier's 60 new FLEXITY trams will provide easy cross-border operations in
Switzerland's Capital of Culture
BERLIN, GERMANY--(Marketwire - January 31, 2012) - Bombardier Transportation has
signed a contract for the delivery of up to 60 BOMBARDIER FLEXITY trams with the
City of Basel's Transport Authority (BVB). It is the biggest order placed by the
BVB in its 116-year history. The contract is valued at approximately 222 million
Swiss francs (184 million euro, $241 million US). By selecting Bombardier's
FLEXITY trams, the BVB has opted for a proven vehicle platform that has been
specifically customised to meet the city's requirements and designed to reflect
its cultural diversity.
The contract consists of options for several deliveries: the first delivery
comprises the vehicle specifications and two FLEXITY trams. The first new trams
will go into operation in time for the opening of the extension of tram line
number eight to Weil am Rhein, in 2013. From 2014, two new FLEXITY trams will be
delivered to Basel every month, subject to confirmation by the legislature of
the Swiss canton Basel-Stadt.
Jurg Baumgartner, Managing Director, BVB said, "I'm convinced the City of Basel
has secured the best possible trams for its network. The FLEXITY tram
outperforms all other vehicles by a massive margin. Traditionally, Basel's trams
have shaped the city's identity. I believe that this region deserves a tram
fleet that reflects our modern urban lifestyle and I am proud to witness this
milestone order."
"These new trams are taking Basel into the Champions League of public
transport," added Stephane Wettstein, Managing Director of Bombardier in
Switzerland. "We are particularly pleased to be shaping rail-based mobility in
Basel together with the BVB for the coming decades.."
Basel's trams, known locally as "Drammli", are close to its people's hearts in a
city where public transport has a huge significance and a proud tradition.
Therefore, it was especially important to fully tailor the new FLEXITY Basel
trams' design to the customer requirements. With a total of 900 employees
Bombardier is deeply rooted in Switzerland.
"This high-profile order is a big win for Bombardier's Light Rail Vehicles
business unit," said Germar Wacker, President, Light Rail Vehicles, Bombardier
Transportation. The FLEXITY Basel tram represents a strong continuation of the
successful Bombardier tram family which is already in operation in cities around
Europe including: Augsburg, Berlin, Brussels, Geneva, Innsbruck, Krefeld, Linz
and Marseille. The vehicle fulfills the challenging demands of the Basel tram
network, is perfectly suited for cross-border operations and will provide
passengers with a comfortable travelling environment offering panoramic views of
Basel's most beautiful sights."The 2.3 m wide vehicle is available in two
lengths: the five-module tram is 31.8 m long and accommodates 183 passengers,
the seven-module vehicle is 43.2 m long and comfortably provides space for 254
passengers. A total of 43 long and 17 shorter trams will gradually replace the
101 trams currently in service in Basel.
The comfortable FLEXITY tram with optimum seating arrangements and a light and
friendly interior design is setting new standards in urban mobility. Its
combination of 100 per cent low-floor technology and conventional wheel-set
bogies is the hallmark of Bombardier low-floor trams, ensuring a perfectly
smooth ride and low-noise operation as well as fulfilling all safety standards.
The FLEXITY trams benefit from the BOMBARDIER ECO4 product portfolio,
emphasising energy, efficiency, economy and ecology. Energy consumption is
reduced by up to 30 per cent by recuperating braking energy. The BOMBARDIER
FLEXX bogies ensure optimum wheel-track interaction, reducing wear and tear and
enhancing the passenger experience.
Nineteen cities worldwide have decided to buy approximately 1,000 low-floor
FLEXITY trams. The new trams will be manufactured in Bautzen, Germany and in
Vienna, Austria.
About Bombardier Transportation
Bombardier Transportation, a global leader in rail technology, offers the
broadest portfolio in the rail industry and delivers innovative products and
services that set new standards in sustainable mobility. Bombardier ECO4
technologies - built on the four cornerstones of energy, efficiency, economy and
ecology - conserve energy, protect the environment and help to improve total
train performance. Bombardier Transportation is headquartered in Berlin, Germany
and has a presence in over 60 countries. It has an installed base of over
100,000 vehicles worldwide.
About Bombardier
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 January 31, 2011, were $17.9 billion, 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
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