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Industry news • 25 March 2014 • Bombardier
The first BOMBARDIER FLEXITY tram fully equipped with eco-friendly LED lamps has started operating in Innsbruck…
Issue 5 2013 • 11 November 2013 • Martin Baltes, Chief Executive Officer, Innsbruck Transportation Authority and Harald Muhrer, Director of Infrastructure, Innsbruck Transportation Authority
Innsbruck’s transportation authority – Innsbrucker Verkehrsbetriebe und Stubaitalbahn GmbH (IVB) – is hard at work on the biggest project it has tackled to date: the tram/regional train system which is set to heighten public transportation capacity and provide better connections to towns in the outlying areas of the city of Innsbruck.
The state capital of Innsbruck lies in the heart of the Alps in Tyrol’s Inn Valley, through which runs one of Europe’s major traffic routes. In addition to the enormous north-south traffic, there is also quite heavy east-west traffic.
According to recent statistics, approximately 38,000 people commute into the city each day, with around 11,000 people commuting outwards to surrounding areas. In addition, Innsbruck is visited by immense numbers of tourists due to its vicinity to nearby alpine regions and the town’s unique city flair in both summer and winter.
Innsbruck operator convinced by Bombardier’s innovative service concept…
At the end of the year, the last of 32 tram vehicles will be arriving in Innsbruck. Four years have passed since the contract was awarded – and it has been a period of intense work for the Innsbruck transport services (IVB). But the hard work has paid off: Tyrol’s state capital and the Stubaital valley are now home to a modern, tailor-made and customer-friendly tram.
Innsbruck’s new tram offers many advantages but one is particularly close to the heart of the IVB: the new tram is accessible to all IVB customers. The 100% low-floor design and step-less interior throughout makes it much easier for older people or parents with pushchairs to use the tram and wheelchair users can now enter the tram without assistance for the first time. The IVB involved representatives of the disabled from the outset in order to adapt the design of the new trams to suit the requirements of those with a physical disability or hearing or sight impaired passengers.
The Innsbrucker Verkehrsbetriebe transport company bases its philosophy on innovation, sustainability and service.
27 March 2008 represented a milestone in the history of the Innsbrucker Verkehrsbetriebe und Stubaitalbahn GmbH (IVB) tram system and public transport in greater Innsbruck in general, with the first of a total of 32 Flexity Outlook tram vehicles officially commencing operation. The remaining trams will be supplied by Bombardier/Elin by the coming year.