Bombardier Transportation will provide 33 additional BOMBARDIER TWINDEXX Vario double-deck coaches to Israel Railways (ISR) as part of a framework agreement signed in October 2010. The order, valued at approximately US$61 million, is scheduled to be completed by February 2019.
“Israel Railways is coping with a sustainable increase in ridership and capacity demand,” remarked Dr. Amir Itskovich, head of Project Portfolio and Israel Railways deputy RoS Engineering Development. “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.”
“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,” said Yossi Daskal, chief country representative Israel, Bombardier Transportation. “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.”
The new coaches will be equipped with an information system, air-conditioning, bogies with secondary air-suspension, and a new safety system. Each eight-car train features seating capacity for 1,000 passengers. The trainsets are compliant with all current safety, comfort and efficiency standards.
The fifth order will increase Israel Railways’ fleet of Bombardier-built double-deck coaches to 462.