Bombardier Transportation has received an order from the Austrian transport operator, LINZ LINIEN GmbH to supply 23 BOMBARDIER FLEXITY Outlook trams. The order is valued at approximately 69 million euros ($97 million US).
With this order, Linz has once again opted for Bombardier’s trusted trams. The FLEXITY Outlook vehicles, called „Cityrunners“, have been in use in Linz since 2001. At the end of May 2009, a further milestone in the collaboration of the two partners was achieved during the launch of the new Pöstlingbergbahn in a retro-design.
The new FLEXITY Outlook trams are manufactured at Bombardier’s factories in Vienna (Austria) and Bautzen (Germany). Delivery of the first vehicles is planned for the beginning of 2011.
Grego Peters, President, Light Rail Vehicles, Bombardier Transportation said: „The design of the new vehicle was developed together with LINZ LINIEN GmbH and is based on operating experience gained with the existing tram fleet. Linz chose Bombardier once again, which makes us very proud. It shows that the customer is satisfied with our products and marks the continuation of our long-term and successful cooperation.“
The new tram on order for Linz is a further development of the 33 Cityrunners, which are already in successful revenue service in the city. The FLEXITY Outlook vehicles are 40 m long, 2.3 m wide and are able to accommodate 224 passengers. The functional interior design elements of the new vehicle integrate many years of day-to-day operational experience. The vehicles are reliable and suitable for people with special needs. The enhanced passenger comfort results from the combination of 100% low-floor technology and conventional wheel-set bogies. The exterior design of the new vehicles corresponds to the Corporate Design of the LINZ AG.
The FLEXITY Outlook trams, used by Linz since 2001, were the first 100% low-floor trams with conventional wheel-set bogies. They offer an entirely step-less interior and therefore increased passenger comfort. At the same time, they are easy to maintain. This model was used to develop vehicles for Brussels (Belgium), Innsbruck (Austria), Marseille (France), Geneva (Switzerland), Valencia and Alicante (Spain) as well as Eskisehir (Turkey). The FLEXITY Outlook trams will also soon be used in Palermo (Italy) as well as in Augsburg and Krefeld (Germany). Altogether, more than 450 100% low-floor FLEXITY vehicles have been ordered.
Graduate engineer Walter Rathberger, Presiding Board Member of LINZ AG added: „The outstanding satisfaction of our passengers and the extreme confidence in the technical expertise of Bombardier greatly contributed to the decision to award the contract anew.“