Bombardier Transportation has been awarded a contract to deliver an additional 40 FLEXITY low-floor trams for Swiss public transport operator Verkehrsbetriebe Zürich (VBZ).

The $194m order follows the exercising of an option by the operator under a contract awarded to Bombardier in March 2017. The option allows VBZ to acquire an additional 70 FLEXITY trams.

VBZ director Dr Guido Schoch said: “I am very pleased that we can now order an additional 40 FLEXITY trams for Zurich as the need for public transport will continue to grow as the population increases.

“More than 50% of Zurich’s citizens do not own a car, so in order to maintain this high proportion, the public transport offer must be attractive to our customers and the new FLEXITY trams contribute significantly to this.”

With the latest contract, the number of FLEXITY Zurich trams that have been ordered increases to 110.

In November 2019, the first FLEXITY tram of VBZ’s new fleet was sent to Switzerland for assessments on the Zurich network.

In October, the tram commenced its passenger services.

Bombardier Transportation Switzerland managing director Stéphane Wettstein said: “These beautifully designed, state-of-the-art innovative low-floor trams meet the highest standards in terms of safety, environmental compatibility, energy consumption, accessibility, vibration and noise emissions, and they will provide safe and comfortable transportation for Zurich’s growing population for years to come.”

Bombardier and VBZ, along with design agency Milani, developed the exterior and interior designs of the tram.

In November, Bombardier Transportation secured a new contract to deliver ten Traxx MS3 locomotives to Luxembourg-based railway undertaking CFL cargo.