Bombardier has unveiled 1:1 FLEXITY tram model for public transport operator Verkehrsbetriebe Zürich (VBZ) in a bid to cater to the requirements of the city of Zurich, Switzerland.
The company said the solution offers capacity, accessibility, efficiency and passenger comfort for commuters.
VBZ showcased a model of the Bombardier FLEXITY trams at an event that was attended by journalists and Bombardier Transportation president Laurent Troger.
In March 2018, Bombardier Transportation and VBZ signed a contract, under which the former would deliver 70 FLEXITY low-floor trams.
The FLEXITY tram is claimed to have been designed as a convenient and efficient vehicle, with low-floors that make it easy for passengers to enter and exit the vehicle. It also features an energy-efficient HVAC heat pump, which makes it environmentally-friendly, while a driver’s assistance system offers safety for both passengers and pedestrians.
Passengers can also recharge their phones with USB connectors, while a LED light system will give an indication of whether the doors are locked or released.
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The tram sports wooden seats and open space, thereby boosting the transits system’s capacity without requiring any additional infrastructure.
VBZ director Dr. Guido Schoch said at the event that the company was aiming for a cost-effective mobility solution that offered premium travel experience and this VBZ model addresses the requirements of the city.
The contract includes an option for 70 more vehicles. FLEXITY trams will become operational in Zurich in May 2020.