Bombardier Transportation has received an order from the Rhine-Main transport group (RMV) in Germany for 22 Bombardier* ITINO* trainsets to be used for commuter services on the Odenwaldbahn regional line. The order has a value of approximately $113 million Cdn (70 million Euros). Delivery of the first ITINO diesel multiple unit (DMU) is scheduled for summer 2005. From December 15, 2005, the ITINO DMUs will significantly reduce journey times between the Odenwald region and the cities of Darmstadt, Hanau and Frankfurt/Main.
The two-car diesel-hydraulic ITINO trainsets are derived from a Bombardier Transportation vehicle concept originally produced for Swedish customers and the Erfurt industrial railway in Germany. The trains, which can reach a maximum speed of 140 km/h, will be assembled at Bombardier's facility in Hennigsdorf, Germany.
"The ITINO vehicle family is redefining the standards in terms of safety, reliability, design and ride quality," says Olof Persson, President, Mainline, Bombardier Transportation. "With strengths like these as key elements of our attractive vehicle concept, travel will take on new meaning — particularly in large urban conurbations like the Rhine-Main area."
A modern GPS-supported passenger information system provides state-of-the-art communications. Video surveillance, a virtually unrestricted view through the train's interior and a proven crash concept provide a high degree of safety.
The new vehicles will be owned by Fahrzeugmanagement Region Frankfurt RheinMain GmbH (fahma), a subsidiary of RMV GmbH. In early 2004, fahma will hand over the vehicles to the future operator of the Odenwaldbahn line, to be chosen following a tender for the provision of transport services for a ten-year period.
Bombardier Transportation is the global leader in the rail equipment manufacturing and servicing industry. Its wide range of products includes passenger rail cars and total transit systems. It also manufactures locomotives, freight cars, propulsion & controls and provides rail control solutions.
Bombardier Inc., a diversified manufacturing and services company, is a world-leading manufacturer of business jets, regional aircraft, rail transportation equipment and motorized recreational products. It also provides financial services and asset management in business areas aligned with its core expertise. Headquartered in Montreal, Canada, the Corporation has a workforce of some 75,000 people and manufacturing facilities in 25 countries throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia-Pacific. Its revenues for the fiscal year ended Jan. 31, 2003 stood at $23.7 billion Cdn. Bombardier shares are traded on the Toronto, Brussels and Frankfurt stock exchanges (BBD, BOM and BBDd.F).
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