Public joins in the festivities, welcoming 60 days of free service on board the first 100% low-floor streetcar in North America
Today, Raymond Bachant, President Bombardier Transportation North America, and Gregor Robertson, Mayor of the City of Vancouver, co-hosted the grand opening of the Olympic Line at a celebratory event in Vancouver, Canada. The two BOMBARDIER FLEXITY streetcars, showcased on the Olympic Line, arrived in Vancouver on December 7, 2009, following a two-month journey by sea from Brussels, Belgium.
Inviting the public and distinguished guests to experience the first 100% low-floor streetcar in North America, Raymond Bachant said: “Bombardier is proud of its partnership with the City of Vancouver whose vision of sustainable development is a model for cities in North America. We are confident that these award-winning vehicles will demonstrate the potential role that streetcars could play in the future of transportation in Metro Vancouver.”
Kris Lauwers, Deputy General Manager of the Brussels Transport Company STIB (Société des Transports Intercommunaux de Bruxelles) commented: “To Metro Vancouver, I bring warm greetings from the citizens of Brussels and the Brussels Transport Company. Brussels has a long tradition of trams and has always been loyal to this mode of transport. That’s why we are delighted to support this unique demonstration project with our award-winning vehicles, hugely popular with our passengers.”
Bombardier Transportation and the City of Vanouver are co-sponsors of the 1.8-kilometre Olympic Line where Bombardier is operating two BOMBARDIER FLEXITY streetcars. Free service will be provided 18 hours a day, 7 days a week, between January 21 and March 21, 2010. The vehicles, on loan from the Brussels Transport Company STIB (Société des Transports Intercommunaux de Bruxelles), feature easy access for all passengers, wide doors, large windows, and a beautifully-finished interior.
More than 1,500 FLEXITY vehicles are in service around the world. Overall, more than 2,800 Bombardier trams and light rail vehicles operate or are on order in 100 cities across Europe, Australia and North America.
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About the STIB
The largest Belgian urban public transport company, the Société des Transports Intercommunaux de Bruxelles, serves the 19 municipalities of the Brussels Capital Region as well as 11 other outlying municipalities. It covers a surface area of 241.5 km² and provides transport for a population of over 1,100,000 inhabitants and thousands of commuters.
The STIB network has 4 metro lines, 20 tram lines, 50 bus lines and 17 night bus lines. In 2009, an estimated number of 290.57 million people chose public transport to get around the capital. Between 1999 and 2008, the number of STIB customers increased by 80%. This spectacular progress is almost unique in Europe.
Photo: FLEXITY streetcar for the Vancouver Olympic Line
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