Bombardier Transportation welcomes the notice given by the supervisory board of the transport authority of the city of Leipzig, Germany, to award Bombardier an order for the supply of twelve low-floor trams, valued at approximately $63 million Cdn (40 million Euros). The contract, which is scheduled to be signed in the upcoming weeks, includes an option for twelve further vehicles. Delivery of the Bombardier Flexity Classic trams is expected to take place from August 2005 to May 2006.
The 45-metre vehicles will be built at Bombardier's German facility of Bautzen. The trams' Bombardier Mitrac propulsion system will be provided by its site in Mannheim, also in Germany.
"This contract is a continuation of our long-standing and successful business relations with a future-oriented transport authority. With our Flexity Classic low-floor trams, LVB has chosen a reliable concept which is especially tailored to the requirements of the city of Leipzig", says Walter Grawenhoff, President, Light Rail Vehicles, Bombardier Transportation.
The vehicles, which have a modular low-floor design, offer comfortable entrance areas and a transparent interior with flat screens for travel information. In addition, the air-conditioned cars feature video cameras for improved safety. With a total capacity for 187 passengers (106 seated, 81 standees), the vehicles are ideal for high-density lines. Thanks to their conventional bogies, the low-floor trams will run extremely smooth with very low levels of noise through the city by the Pleisse River.
The trams' proven technology is especially popular with transport authorities in Germany. Cities that have chosen Bombardier Transportation's Flexity Classic vehicles include Kassel, Essen, Schwerin, Dessau, Dresden, Halle, Frankfurt/Main and Bremen in Germany, as well as Krakow in Poland.
Bombardier Transportation is the global leader in the rail equipment manufacturing and servicing industry. Its wide range of products includes passenger rail cars and total transit systems. It also manufactures locomotives, freight cars, propulsion & controls and provides rail control solutions.
Bombardier Inc., a diversified manufacturing and services company, is a world-leading manufacturer of business jets, regional aircraft, rail transportation equipment and motorized recreational products. It also provides financial services and asset management in business areas aligned with its core expertise. Headquartered in Montreal, Canada, the Corporation has a workforce of some 75,000 people and manufacturing facilities in 25 countries throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia-Pacific. Its revenues for the fiscal year ended Jan. 31, 2003 stood at $23.7 billion Cdn. (15.8 billion euros). Bombardier shares are traded on the Toronto, Brussels and Frankfurt stock exchanges (BBD, BOM and BBDd.F).
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