This call-off is part of a framework agreement signed in October 2010 and is valued at approximately €56 million ($61 million US). Delivery of the new coaches is scheduled to be completed by February 2019.
The new coaches are an improved version of those currently in operation with ISR and will provide an enhanced travel experience. They will be equipped with carpeting on both levels, a state-of-the-art passenger information system, powerful air-conditioning, bogies with secondary air-suspension, and a safety system that allows departure only after passenger doors have fully closed. Hauled by the new BOMBARDIER TRAXX AC electric locomotives ordered in 2015, each eight-car train features seating capacity for 1,000 passengers.
The popular trainsets, based on a proven platform concept, are in operation across Europe and are compliant with all current safety, comfort and efficiency standards. They will represent great strides in helping alleviate congestion in Israel.
Dr. Amir Itskovich, Head of Project Portfolio & Deputy RoS Engineering and Development, Israel Railways, said:
“Israel Railways is coping with a sustainable increase in ridership and capacity demand. We are pleased to have the opportunity to receive additional proven and reliable rolling stock from Bombardier in order to further increase the capacity offering to our passengers. We are looking forward to benefitting from Bombardier’s tradition of on-time and on-quality delivery.”
Yossi Daskal, Chief Country Representative Israel, Bombardier Transportation, added:
“We are delighted to have received yet another strong vote of confidence from our partners at ISR and are proud to be playing such a major role in the ongoing modernization and electrification of Israel’s rail network. Together with ISR we are driven by an equally powerful vision of transforming this ecosystem’s surroundings and meeting the needs of its continuously growing public transport market.”
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