Flexity trams will be used to replace older models and to add capacity as STIB extends the city’s network
Bombardier Transportation has signed a new framework agreement with the Brussels Intercommunal Transportation Company (STIB) which would see the manufacturer supply up to 175 of its FLEXITY trams.
The first firm order under this contract, also signed on April 24, covers 60 trams and is valued at approximately 169 million euro (US$206 million), although full realisation of the 175 models would see this value increase to approximately 480 million euros (US$586 million).
The contract signature follows an announcement made by STIB on February 5, selecting Bombardier Transportation as preferred bidder.
The manufacturer says these trams will feature a range of amenities including a passenger communication network and a smart climatisation system. LED lighting reduces energy consumption, while track-friendly FLEXX Urban 3000 bogies reduce vibration and noise while riding.
Some will replace older high floor trams, while the rest will be used to increase STIB’s overall fleet and capacity as it extends its network.
For this first call off, 49 of the vehicles will be configured 32-meter, five-car configurations with the remaining 11 being 43 metre-long, seven-car variants. Vehicles are scheduled for delivery starting in March 2020.
Bombardier sales director Sébastien Ridremont noted: “Our goal is to meet passenger expectations and persuade the people of Brussels to leave their cars behind and choose more efficient and eco-friendly mobility options. These new FLEXITY trams are key to achieving that as they will greatly enhance the passenger experience with low-floor access, a spacious interior, and a sophisticated Art Nouveau inspired design by Axel Enthoven. Over the last 20 years, our engineers have developed an in-depth knowledge of the Brussels tram network, information which enabled Bombardier to propose the most efficient and network-friendly tram solution.”
To date, Bombardier has delivered over 400 trams to STIB since the 1970s.