Rail technology leader Bombardier Transportation and Zurich Public Transport (VBZ) signed a contract for the delivery of 70 seven-part BOMBARDIER FLEXITY low floor trams with an option for another 70 vehicles on March 2, 2017. The base price for the vehicles ordered is valued at approximately 300 million Swiss Francs (281 million euro, $296 million US). The first vehicles will be delivered at the end of 2019.
Zurich’s new trams are based on the proven FLEXITY platform that has been customized to integrate seamlessly into the Zurich city landscape. It meets the highest standards for safety, environmental friendliness and energy consumption, while its advanced design reduces noise and vibration. It also offers barrier-free access to passengers with limited mobility.
Robust and easy to service, the FLEXITY has 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.
To date, over 1,600 FLEXITY 100% low-floor trams have been sold worldwide with around 5,000 Bombardier trams and light rail vehicles operating, or on order, across Europe, Asia, Australia and North America.