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Bombardier Hands Over Last FLEXITY Tram to MPK Kraków
  • Handover underscores the long-standing partnership between MPK and Bombardier
  • The total number of vehicles ordered now stands at 74
  • Krakow, May 15, 2013 - Rail technology leader Bombardier Transportation has handed over the last BOMBARDIER FLEXITY tram of the new series to the Krakow Transport Authority MPK Krakow in the presence of the Mayor of Krakow, Prof. Jan Majchrowksi. To underline their long-standing partnership, Bombardier Transportation and MPK planted a tree at the depot.

    The first order for 14 trams was placed in 1998, an option for another 12 vehicles was called off in 2001. The new generation of 24 trams has been in successful revenue service since 2007. The fourth order for 24 FLEXITY trams was placed in June 2010. The total number of vehicles ordered now stands at 74.

    The new FLEXITY Classic vehicles are 32 m long trams with a width of 2.4 m and offer a capacity for 229 passengers. Five wide double-door and two single-door entrances ensure a rapid passenger flow, multi-purpose areas provide space for pushchairs and wheelchair users. Air-conditioning in the passenger compartment, as well as a passenger information system provide high travelling comfort.

    Germar Wacker, President, Light Rail Vehicles, Bombardier Transportation, said: “We planted a tree at the Kraków depot as a symbol of our long-standing cooperation which we wish to continue in the future. I would like to thank MPK for a partnership based on mutual trust and respect and am very proud to hand over yet another state-of-the-art tram offering passenger comfort and accessibility as well as optimized energy consumption, maintenance and overall lifecycle costs.”

    More than 3,000 FLEXITY trams and light rail vehicles are in service or on order in cities across Europe, Australia and North America. Representatives of the FLEXITY Classic family are already in successful revenue service in cities such as Adelaide, Bremen, Dresden, Essen, Frankfurt/Main, Gdansk, Halle, Kassel and Leipzig.

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