Transport consortium awarded $239 million Cdn tram contract

Bombardier Transportation and Alstom have been awarded $239 million Cdn to supply 68 Cobra trams to Verkehrsbetriebe Zürich, the transport authority of Zurich, Switzerland.

Bombardier Transportation and its consortium partner Alstom have been chosen to supply 68 Cobra trams to Verkehrsbetriebe Zürich, the transport authority of the city of Zurich, Switzerland.

The new order for 68 trams is valued at approximately $239 million Cdn (233 million Swiss Francs). Bombardier’s share of the contract is said to be worth $194 million Cdn (190 million Swiss Francs). The vehicles are scheduled for delivery in mid-2005.

As the leading partner in the consortium, Bombardier Transportation is responsible for the carbody, propulsion system, assembly and commissioning of the vehicles, with Alstom supplying the running gear and brake system.

The five-car articulated, end-to-end low-floor tram has been developed to comply with the requirements specified by the customer for the city of Zurich.

Due to the specific local circumstances, the length of the vehicles may not exceed 37 meters. In order to provide a high passenger carrying capacity despite this limitation, the carbody width has been extended 20 centimetres compared with the trams currently operating in Zurich.