Bombardier to Supply Six Additional FLEXITY Swift Vehicles for Rotterdam

Bombardier to Supply Six Additional FLEXITY Swift Vehicles for Rotterdam :Rail technology leader Bombardier Transportation announced today that it has received an order to supply six BOMBARDIER FLEXITY Swift Light Rail Vehicles (LRVs) to the Rotterdam Transport Company RET. The contract is valued at approximately 26.1 million euro ($ 28.4 million US). This order is the exercise of an option included in a contract for 42 vehicles signed with RET in December 2007. The delivery of the six additional vehicles is scheduled for 2017.

Pedro Peters, CEO RET said, “The metro in Rotterdam is becoming more popular every year. This success shows that our clients appreciate its high frequency and comfort. Metro line E from the Hague to the south of Rotterdam is our latest connection. When we started this line in 2006 it was used by 10.000 travelers per day. Nowadays up to 39.000 travelers per day use it. We need these six extra metros to increase the frequency on the line and to offer comfortable vehicles.”

Carsten Bopp, Head of Light Rail Vehicles, Bombardier Transportation, commented, “This fourth order underscores RET’s confidence in our proven FLEXITY vehicles and constitutes yet another milestone in our long-standing and successful partnership. Together with RET, we have developed a metro which can be adapted to perfectly meet operator and passenger demand and help relieve congestion in the conurbation of Rotterdam.”

The metros will be part of the RandstadRail fleet and help increase the frequency of transport on the metro line E between The Hague and Rotterdam. Bombardier Transportation has previously delivered 81 metros to RET between 1998 and 2002, 22 vehicles for the new RandstadRail line and 42 vehicles for the existing metro lines between 2008 and 2012. An additional 16 vehicles were ordered in 2014 for the Hoekse Lijn and and will be delivered until by end of next year

The vehicles consist of three modules, are 43 m long, and can accommodate up to 270 passengers (104 seated and 166 standing). Each vehicle has two multi-purpose areas providing ample space for wheelchairs and prams while seven double doors on each side of the vehicle ensure a smooth passenger flow. The LRV is equipped with the BOMBARDIER MITRAC propulsion system and its BOMBARDIER FLEXX Urban bogies ensure a smooth ride and low noise levels. A modern passenger information system also provides passengers with timely and relevant travelling information.

To date more than 1,000 FLEXITY Swift light rail vehicles have been sold worldwide. About 5,000 Bombardier trams and LRVs are in revenue service or on order in Europe, Asia, Australia and North America.


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