Bombardier Transportation today received an order from Vienna's local operator Wiener Linien for the construction of 38 low-floor light rail vehicles (LRVs). The contract has a total value of 91 million euros ($121 million dollars US), with Bombardier's share estimated at some 69 million euros ($91 million dollars US). The contract also includes an option for a further 42 LRVs. Delivery of the LRVs for Line U6 is scheduled for the period between the end of 2006 and mid-2008.
The vehicles will be built at Bombardier Transportation's production facilities in Vienna, with Vossloh Kiepe assuming responsibility for the electrical equipment. The technical specifications and advantages of the new light rail vehicles will be presented at a joint event with Wiener Linien in January next year.
“For Bombardier, this order is further proof of the trust and confidence Wiener Linien place in our products and our people,“ said Walter Grawenhoff, President, Light Rail Vehicles. "The order will allow us to add yet another chapter to the success story of Bombardier light rail vehicles, which we have developed specifically for Vienna's U6 line.“
From 1993 to 2000, Bombardier delivered a total of 78 vehicles, which have since been in full revenue service on the city's historic metro line U6. The new vehicles are based to a large extent on the design of the previous vehicles. Passengers, however, will now be able to enjoy the additional benefit of an air-conditioned passenger area.
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