Stadler has signed a contract with Schweizerische Südostbahn AG (SOB) to supply an additional 12 FLIRT trains. Starting on 12 December 2021 SOB will run an hourly service between the town of Chur and the cities of Zurich and Bern. Swiss Federal Railways awarded the long-distance franchise to SOB in July 2017. SOB says it will operate Stadler’s Traverso trains on this route.
SOB and Stadler have signed a contract for the supply of 12 additional FLIRT trains. In particular, seven of these trains will be eight-car copper-coloured multiple units, type FLIRT Traverso. There will also be five four-car silver-coloured FLIRT trains.
Designed for long-distance travel, the Traverso multiple units are innovative and comfortable. They have 359 seats, of which 68 are in first class. All seats come with power sockets. Passengers can get food and drink from two bistro zones. There is also a family area.
These trains fulfil the latest European laws pertaining to equal access for disabled persons. Each carriage comes equipped with four to seven passenger information screens. SOB will start operating the Traverso trains on the Voralpen-Express route between St Gallen and Lucerne starting on 15 December 2019. Then they will enter service on the Gotthard mountain route (the Treno Gottardo route) on 13 December 2020. Finally, they will operate between Chur and Bern (the Aare Linth route) from mid-December 2021 onwards.
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