Israel Railways (ISR) has exercised an option with Bombardier Transportation to deliver an additional 60 Twindexx Vario double-deck coaches.
The new order increases ISR’s fleet of Bombardier-built double-deck coaches to 425.
ISR’s €106m firm order was placed within an October 2010 framework contract with Bombardier.
Bombardier Transportation Sales Israel head Yossi Daskal said: "We are proud to continue strengthening our local footprint.
"Bombardier’s story in Israel continues to be a success due to high performance and the excellent relationship Bombardier has built with ISR over the last decades.
"We are delighted to be part of ISR’s rail network electrification and modernisation by providing high quality, sustainable solutions."
Deliveries of these new coaches are scheduled to take place between March next year and July 2018.
The new coaches will be operated with Traxx AC electric locomotives, which were ordered last year, in new standard eight double-deck coach configuration.
ISR has exercised the option as the Israeli public transportation market continues to grow and demand for additional capacity and more frequent services is increasing.
In order to meet this demand, the government has planned to invest more than €7bn to upgrade its railway networks, which will provide opportunities for various mobility solutions.
In order to further reduce reliance on private cars, Israel is also developing light rail vehicle and monorail systems for several lines.
Image: The latest order increases Israel Railways’ fleet of Bombardier-built double-deck coaches to 425. Photo: courtesy of Bombardier Transportation.