Bombardier Transportation signed contracts with both the Düsseldorf (Rheinbahn AG) and Cologne transport authorities (KVB) for the delivery of 62 Flexity light rail vehicles in total.
The contract with KVB is for 20 vehicles and is valued at approximately $68 million. Rheinbahn AG's contract for 42 vehicles, with an option for 16 additional vehicles, is valued at approximately $135 million.
The light rail vehicles to be built for Düsseldorf and Cologne, will replace the region's existing fleet of Stadtbahnwagen Bs and be manufactured at Bombardier sites in Germany. Düsseldorf's vehicles are scheduled to be delivered between 2017 and 2020, while those for Cologne are scheduled for delivery from 2020 to 2021.
The Flexity light rail vehicles are approximately 91-feet long and feature generous passageways and spacious multi-purpose areas. To date, more than 550 Flexity light rail vehicles of this particular type have been sold and this innovative vehicle is already in revenue service in Bursa Turkey, the German cities Cologne and Frankfurt as well as in Manchester, U.K.