Zurich to receive 70 FLEXITY trams

7 March 2017  •  Author(s): Rachael Harper

Bombardier Transportation, a global leader in rail technology and Zurich Public Transport (VBZ) have signed a contract for the delivery of 70 seven-part Bombardier FLEXITY low-floor trams.

The base price for the vehicles ordered is valued at around 300 million Swiss Francs (€281 million, $296 million US). The first vehicles will be delivered at the end of 2019 and the contract also includes the option for a further 70 vehicles.

FLEXITY trams

The trams have been customised to integrate seamlessly into Zurich’s city landscapes. They offer barrier-free access to passengers with limited mobility and meet the highest standards for safety, environmental friendliness and energy consumption, while its advanced design reduces noise and vibration.

FLEXITY trams are robust and have a modular design that reduces overall lifecycle costs by making it easy to clean and maintain. Inside, the tram’s open design improves passenger flow, which in turn increases capacity by around 20 percent and lowers price-per-rider costs in comparison to vehicles currently in use.

“This decision strengthens a decades-old partnership”

“VBZ has opted for an innovative and highly-developed product,” said Dr. Guido Schoch, Director of Zurich Public Transport. “This decision strengthens a decades-old partnership, which will also serve all passengers in Zurich.”

To date, over 1,600 FLEXITY trams have been sold worldwide.

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