Belgium opts for Bombardier trams

The Board of Directors of the Brussels transport authority has given Bombardier Transportation notice of their intent to place a $191 million Cdn tram order.

The Board of Directors of the Brussels transport authority has given Bombardier Transportation (STIB) notice of their intent to place an order for 46 bi-directional Flexity Outlook trams.

The contract, which will be officially signed in about three weeks, includes the overhaul of the vehicles’ bogies and propulsion equipment for a period of 15 years.

The total value of the contract is approximately $191 million Cdn (125 million Euros), including $162 million Cdn (106 million Euros) for the vehicles and $29 million Cdn (19 million Euros) for the overhaul services.

The delivery of the low-floor trams is expected to take place between June 2005 and February 2007.

Most of the production will be undertaken by Bombardier at its facility in Bruges, Belgium. The bogies and propulsion systems will be produced at Bombardier’s Siegen and Mannheim facilities, which are both in Germany.

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