Bombardier Transportation will supply four additional Bombardier Flexity trams to Australia's Gold Coast Light Rail Transit system (GCLRT). This order is valued at approximately $18 million and is an exercise of an option included in a contract signed in 2011.
The new vehicles will be used on the northern extension of the Gold Coast Light Rail to Helensvale — referred to as Stage 2 — which will be delivered and operational in preparation for to the 2018 Commonwealth Games held in Gold Coast.
Based on Bombardier's family of highly successful Flexity light rail vehicles, Gold Coast's trams feature Gold Coast's signature blue and gold colors and a wave motif on the cab front. Designed by Bombardier's Industrial Design team in Brisbane, the award-winning tram is also the first tram in the world to be built with specially designed surfboard racks.
The vehicles are installed with the energy efficient Bombardier Mitrac propulsion system and its
Bombardier Flexx bogies provide a smooth, comfortable ride. The trams will be manufactured at Bombardier sites in Bautzen, Germany and Vienna, Austria. To date approximately 3,500 Flexity vehicles have been ordered or in successful revenue service in cities around the globe.
The GCLRT project is part of an 18-year public private partnership between the Queensland State Government and GoldLinQ. As operator franchisee of stage one of the GCLRT, GoldLinQ, a consortium that includes Bombardier Transportation, is responsible for the design, construction, operations and maintenance of the fleet.