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Bombardier signs two major contracts


In a little more than a week’s time, Bombardier Transportation signed contracts worth more than $150 million combined.

Istanbul Transportation Co. June 27 awarded Bombardier a $74 million contract to develop and supply 55 low-floor trams, which would enable level boarding at 13.79 inch platform height in the city center.

The vehicles would be based on a 98.4-foot long, 272-passenger capacity design developed for Cologne, Germany; Croydon, England; and Stockholm, Sweden.

Bombardier’s Vienna, Austria, facility would be responsible for development and production, as well as system integration and testing. Delivery is slated for fall 2002.

Bombardier followed the late-June Istanbul contract by receiving July 2 a $87 million order from the Netherlands Railways to overhaul and modernize 60 three-car trainsets type SGM III.

Bombardier’s Randers, Denmark, facility would install new interiors and seats, passenger information systems, chopper systems, auxiliary power supplies, CO2 controlled ventilation, and new air-supply systems. Also, an additional entrance would be added in the middle coach, and trainsets would be repainted.

Officials expect delivery to begin in summer 2003 and continue until summer 2006.