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The Rotterdam Transport Authority (RET) has placed a third order with Bombardier Transportation to deliver 16 additional Flexity Swift light rail vehicles (LRVs).

The latest €66m ($89m) order is an option exercised by RET and stems from an original contract signed between both the parties. In 2005 and 2007, Bombardier received contract awards from RET to deliver 21 and 43 Flexity units respectively.

The 42m-long three-car LRVs will be operated by RET on the new Hoekse Lijn to provide fast and comfortable transportation in the Rotterdam area.

RET CEO Pedro Peters said: "The arrival of the new high-quality light rail connection Hoekse Lijn, between Rotterdam and Hoek van Holland, is an achievement to be proud of."

"We have developed an LRV that can be adapted to perfectly meet operator and passenger demand."

Bombardier Transportation LRVs president Germar Wacker said: "Together with RET, we have developed an LRV that can be adapted to perfectly meet operator and passenger demand."

Designed with two multi-purpose areas and seven double doors on each side for easy passenger flow, the LRVs are capable of accommodating up to 270 passengers, with 104 seated and 166 standing.

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Equipped with Bombardier Mitrac propulsion system, the vehicles are fitted with passenger information system to deliver timely and relevant travelling information.

Production of the LRVs for RET will be performed at Bombardier’s Bautzen site, while the electrical equipment will be provided by its Mannheim site and the bogies from Siegen site, in Germany. The new vehicles will be delivered in 2016.

More than 1,000 Bombardier Flexity Swift LRVs are currently used by operators across the globe.


Image: Bombardier Flexity Swift light rail vehicle for Rotterdam. Photo: courtesy of Bombardier.