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Germany’s Mülheim Transport Authority (MVG) has placed orders with Bombardier Transportation to deliver €27m ($37m) worth of additional Flexity Classic trams.

The latest order follows the Essen Transport Authority (EVAG) contract for 27 Flexity trams placed in December 2011. In June 2012, MVG called off an option for additional five vehicles.

Since 2010, MVG along with the transport authorities Duisburg Transport Authority (DVG), and EVAG were operationally integrated in the Via Transport Authority.

Managing roughly 27 million passengers on an annual basis, MVG’s first tram entered revenue service in the city in 1897.

"We have never been able to offer our customers so much barrier-free comfort."

MVG managing director Klaus-Peter Wandelenus said: "With this tram we have achieved a high level of standardisation which will result in short servicing and maintenance periods.

"The new low-floor trams symbolise how Via will act in future. On the one hand we have never been able to offer our customers so much barrier-free comfort, while on the other hand we developed this tram together with Bombardier placing a particular focus on economical operation."

Equipped with Bombardier Mitrac propulsion system, the 30m-long and 2.3m wide three-module, bi-directional Flexity Classic trams can accommodate 172 passengers.

Work on the latest order will be carried out by Bombardier at its manufacturing site in Bautzen, while the electrical equipment and the bogies will be manufactured at sites in Mannheim, and Siegen, Germany, respectively.

Delivery of the first vehicles is scheduled to take place in August 2015.

More than 600 Flexity Classic trams are currently on order with Bombardier or operating across the globe, including in Germany’s Dortmund, Dresden, Frankfurt, Halle, and Kassel cities, as well as Adelaide in Australia, Krakow in Poland and Norrköping in Sweden.

Image: Bombardier Flexity Classic tram. Photo: courtesy of Bombardier.