Climate protection and energy efficiency – with these goals in mind, Austria’s capital of Vienna is planning an extensive upgrading of its metro and tram lines. Already today, 85 percent of the passengers of Vienna’s public transport operator, Wiener Linien, make use of environmentally friendly rail transit. Bombardier Transportation will deliver up to 156 trams and be responsible for their maintenance as well. The vehicles in question are low-floor trams of the FLEXITY platform, featuring the highest standards in terms of passenger comfort, energy efficiency and availability. They will be manufactured at the Bombardier production plant in Vienna.
Bombardier Transportation has been present in Vienna since 1970 following the acquisition of the Lohner-Werke, which was founded in 1823.
The Light Rail Vehicles competence centre is based in Vienna. Here, vehicles are designed and manufactured for customers around the world.
The world’s first low-floor light rail vehicle was developed here in 1990. Over 100 carriages run on the U6 line in Vienna.
The Drives competence centre, which is also based in Vienna and forms part of the Propulsion and Controls segment, develops drive and control technology – from pantographs to wheel-set shafts.
The Services division in Vienna is responsible for modernisation and material supply projects in Austria.
Attractive low-floor design
With an entry threshold that is just 215 millimetres above street level, only a small step is required to enter the carriage, which has low floors throughout and no other steps, as well as a spacious and bright interior space.
The new generation of vehicles travels on bogies instead of single wheels. This increases the travelling comfort for passengers. Wear of the rails is also reduced thanks to improved distribution of dynamic forces.
Teamwork in maintenance
Maximum fleet availability will be the responsibility of Bombardier. To this end, servicing and maintenance will be carried out by the workshop technicians of Wiener Linien in accordance with planning by Bombardier.