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Bombardier nets US$28.4M Rotterdam rail order

New order is Bombardier's fourth contract for Netherlands rail operator



The  Rotterdam Transport Company has now ordered 167 FLEXITY vehicles from the rail firm. PHOTO: Bombardier

The Rotterdam Transport Company has now ordered 167 vehicles from the rail firm. PHOTO: Bombardier

BERLIN—Bombardier Inc.’s Transportation division is adding to its FLEXITY light rail vehicle sales tally with a 26.1 euro, or US$28.4 million, order from the Rotterdam Transport Company.

The rail operator will add six FLEXITY Swift vehicles to its network, exercising an option on a 2007, 42-vehicle contract.

“When we started this line in 2006 it was used by 10.000 travelers per day. Nowadays up to 39.000 travelers per day use it. We need these six extra metros to increase the frequency on the line and to offer comfortable vehicles,” Pedro Peters, CEO of RET, said.

The order for six additional 43-metre vehicles is the fourth contract Bombardier has secured from the RET, which will operate 167 Bombardier rail cars by the time deliveries are complete.

“This fourth order underscores RET’s confidence in our proven FLEXITY vehicles and constitutes yet another milestone in our long-standing and successful partnership,” Carsten Bopp, head of Light Rail Vehicles at Bombardier Transportation, said. “Together with RET, we have developed a metro which can be adapted to perfectly meet operator and passenger demand and help relieve congestion in the conurbation of Rotterdam.”

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