Bombardier VLocity DMU Cars Boost Fleet in Australia
- Repeat order of 40 cars expands high-performing VLocity DMU fleet
- New vehicles increase capacity and further improve services for
BERLIN, GERMANY -- (Marketwire) -- 11/30/12 -- Public Transport
Victoria (PTV) has ordered 40 additional Diesel Multiple Unit (DMU)
cars of the successful VLocity design from rail technology leader
Bombardier Transportation. The order is valued at approximately $206
million AUD (166 million euro, $198 million US).
Bombardier will provide 19 additional intermediate cars to convert
existing two-car train sets to three-cars sets and supply seven
additional new three-car train sets. This will result in a total
fleet of 58 three-car Bombardier VLocity trains.
Operated by V/Line Passenger, the VLocity fleet has been in service
since 2005 linking regional centres to Melbourne. In that time, the
VLocity trains have contributed to a 120 per cent patronage increase
thanks to their 160 km/h performance and passenger comfort as well as
their class leading levels of reliability and availability. The
VLocity DMUs have been designed in Australia and are manufactured at
Bombardier's Dandenong site. The trains feature the BOMBARDIER MITRAC
control system and Bombardier-built bogies as well as up to 70 per
cent local content including the stainless steel carbodies.
"The VLocity fleet has provided excellent service for the people of
regional Victoria," said Ian Dobbs, Chief Executive Officer of PTV.
He added: "Increasing the fleet will allow greater capacity on our
regional network as we get ready for the opening of the Regional Rail
Link in 2016."
The Regional Rail Link will create capacity for an extra 23 suburban
and 10 regional services during each morning and evening at peak
times, allowing an extra 54,000 passenger trips each day.
Dan Osborne, Managing Director, Bombardier Transportation Australia,
added: "PTV's decision to purchase more VLocity units further
reinforces the excellent performance of the VLocity fleet. These
vehicles are designed and built in Australia using local expertise
and the local supply chain."
In order to sustain economic growth while ensuring the health and
quality of life of citizens, cities the world over are looking for
rter and more environmentally friendly forms of mass transit
compared to the historic dependence on individual car transportation.
Bombardier Transportation is at the forefront of developing
cost-effective technologies that improve total vehicle performance to
move more people and goods than ever before efficiently within and
between urban centres.
About Bombardier Transportation
Bombardier Transportation, a global leader in rail technology, offers
the broadest portfolio in the rail industry and delivers innovative
products and services that set new standards in sustainable mobility.
In Australia, Bombardier is currently manufacturing trams for the
Melbourne network and electric suburban trains for the modernisation
of the Adelaide fleet. The company is a member of the GoldLinQ
consortium, supplying trams, signalling and system integration to the
Gold Coast Rapid Transit project as part of a turnkey system
contract. Bombardier also maintains fleets in Victoria and South
Australia and, in a joint venture, is supplying and maintaining
Perth's suburban train fleet in Western Australia. Bombardier employs
over 700 people in Australia.
Bombardier Transportation is headquartered in Berlin, Germany, and
has a very diverse customer base with products or services in more
than 60 countries. It has an installed base of over 100,000 vehicles
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