Bombardier wins 69 mln Euro contract for Palermo
Montréal, Canada – Bombardier Transportation, as part of a consortium led by SIS, announced today that it has won an order from the public transport authority of Palermo (AMAT) in Italy for the delivery of 17 bi-directional Bombardier FLEXITY Outlook trams and a Bombardier CITYFLO 150 traffic management system for the city’s new 15-km Light Rail Transit system. The overall contract is valued at approximately 192 million euros ($242 million US), with Bombardier’s share amounting to some 69 million euros ($87 million US). Deliveries of the vehicles are scheduled for 2009. Bombardier’s scope of work also involves a 4-year maintenance contract for the 17-vehicle fleet.
The design and manufacture of the three new lines of Palermo’s new Light Rail Transit system was awarded by AMAT to a group comprised of nine companies led by the Italian civil contractor SIS. The first two lines of the new system are expected to enter into service in December 2009 and the third line in April 2010.
The FLEXITY Outlook tram for Palermo is based on a proven modular technology developed by Bombardier that features a 100% lowâ€‘floor interior while using conventional wheel-set bogies offering excellent riding behaviour and increasing passenger comfort. 32.5 metres long and 2.4 metres wide, each tram consists of 5 modules. The vehicles also include the Bombardier MITRAC propulsion and control system offering the highest reliability and featuring the latest electronic technology. For heightened passenger comfort the new trams are equipped with air conditioning and have designated wheel-chair areas.
Commenting on the order Roberto Tazzioli, Chief Country Representative for Bombardier Transportation in Italy, said: “This contract is another positive step in Bombardier’s successful development of mass transit solutions in Italy. We are committed to the Italian market and will continue to offer our world-leading mass transit traffic management and vehicle solutions to its cities.
Walter Grawenhoff, President, Light Rail Vehicles, Bombardier Transportation, declared: “This order for the city of Palermo demonstrates once again the trust in Bombardier’s engineering capacity and the continual success of the Bombardier FLEXITY tram family”.
Transport authorities worldwide have already ordered over 1,500 Bombardier FLEXITY trams and light rail vehicles, of which more than 1,000 are in successful revenue service. Vehicles of the same FLEXITY Outlook family are in service in the cities of Linz (Austria), Lodz (Poland) and Eskisehir (Turkey) and have recently been put in service in Geneva (Switzerland) and Brussels (Belgium). They have also been ordered by the cities of Marseille (France), Valencia (Spain) and Innsbruck (Austria).
Bombardier Transportation is one of the most important manufacturers of rolling stock in Italy and continues to be involved in some of the country’s most important rail projects through Trenitalia’s E405, E412 and E464 locomotives, the high-speed train ETR500 (as a member of the Trevi consortium), the Rome-Fiumicino airport people-mover and Milan’s Eurotram vehicles.