Bombardier Transportation announced that it has received an order from the Government of South Australia, for the supply and maintenance of 22 Bombardier 25kV 3 car electric trains. The contract is valued at approximately 269 million AUD (197 million euro, $278 million US).
The vehicles, known locally as A-City, will be built at Bombardier's Dandenong (Victoria) and Maryborough (Queensland) manufacturing facilities, with revenue service commencing in 2013.
"We are pleased to provide our customer with an Adelaide specific solution, designed and built in Australia, to fit seamlessly into the Adelaide aesthetic." said Dan Osborne, managing director of Bombardier Transportation Australia.
Designed specifically for Adelaide, this user friendly vehicle is a 240 seat train with a robust design and state of the art technology, including BOMBARDIER MITRAC propulsion & control system and Bombardier Flexx bogies. The A-City will be the first rail vehicle in Australia to meet the stringent new international crash standard specifications.
"The South Australian Government is excited at this announcement and Adelaide commuters will enjoy a smoother and faster ride in what will be Australia's most modern trains" said Patrick Conlan, Minister for Transport.
In South Australia, Bombardier currently maintain the diesel rail car fleet and also supplies Bombardier Flexity Classic LRVs. "The A-City contract is a further endorsement of our customer's confidence in our products" said Dan Osborne. Bombardier's Dandenong manufacturing facility has existing orders for the supply of V/Locity DMUs and Flexity Melbourne trams to the Victorian Government.