Bombardier Transportation has signed a $586m framework contract with the Brussels Intercommunal Transportation Company (STIB) in Belgium to supply up to 175 Flexity trams.

Under this framework contract, the first firm order involves the delivery of 60 Flexity trams valuing $206m.

In February this year, STIB selected Bombardier Transportation as the preferred bidder to supply these tram sets.

“Our goal is to meet passenger expectations and persuade the people of Brussels to choose more efficient and eco-friendly mobility options.”

Some of these trams will replace older models, while the remaining will strengthen STIB’s tram fleet and capacity, enabling it to expand its network.

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Bombardier Transportation Benelux sales director Sébastien Ridremont said: “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.”

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The new trams are equipped with variety of new features such as LED lighting, a passenger communication network using LCD displays and a climate control system managed by intelligent sensors.

The cabin of the driver features Bombardier’s Driver’s Assistance System that uses an intelligent array of cameras and sensors to detect moving vehicles and pedestrians near the tram.

Furthermore, the Bombardier Flexx Urban 3000 bogies of the tram ensure a smooth ride with reduced vibration and noise.

In the first order, 49 vehicles will be configured into five-car trams while the remaining 11 will be seven-car models.

The deliveries of these vehicles will start from March 2020.