Bombardier Transportation has signed a framework agreement with the Brussels Intercommunal Transportation Company (STIB) for the supply of up to 175 Flexity trams. The total amount of the framework contract is valued at approximately EUR 480 million. Bombardier was selected as preferred bidder for the contract by STIB on 5 February. Some of the new trams will replace older high floor trams, while the rest will be used to increase STIB’s tram fleet and capacity as it extend the network.
The first firm order under this framework contract, also signed on 24 April, is for 60 Flexity trams and is valued at approximately EUR 169 million. From these, 49 vehicles will have a 32-meter, five-car configuration, with the remaining 11 will be 43 meter-long, seven-car variants. The vehicles are scheduled for delivery starting from March 2020.
The new trams will feature a range of amenities such as a passenger communication network with large high contrast LCD displays and a climatization system managed by intelligent sensors. Full LED lighting will reduce energy consumption while the track-friendly Flexx Urban 3000 bogies will deliver a smooth ride with reduced vibration and noise. The driver’s cab also features a Driver’s Assistance System, the latest safety technology that uses an intelligent array of cameras and sensors to detect pedestrians and other vehicles moving near the tram.
“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,” Sébastien Ridremont, Sales Director Benelux, Bombardier Transportation, said.