Eran Gartner, president of Bombardier Transportation's Systems division said: "The Gold Coast project once again demonstrates the powerful combination of bringing together the full range of railway disciplines under one roof, with this turnkey contract combining Bombardier's systems integration, vehicle design and assembly, signalling solutions, and life cycle services." He concluded: "Bombardier and our partners in the GoldLinQ consortium bring many years of expertise in the design, supply, operation, maintenance and financing of transportation systems all over the world. We will deliver to the Gold Coast a first-class light rail system from which a truly integrated and sustainable transport network will flourish and be an integral part of the long term development of the region."
More than 1,700 Flexity trams are already in successful revenue service and overall, Bombardier Transportation has more than 3,500 trams and light rail vehicles operating or on order in cities across Europe, Australia and North America. Following on from the 16 five-module Flexity 2 trams ordered by the launch customer in Blackpool, United Kingdom, the Gold Coast Rapid Transit system is Bombardier's first order for the longer, 7-module Flexity 2 tram version. In another first for Bombardier Transportation, the luggage racks for the new trams have been designed to accommodate surf boards to support the Gold Coast's most popular sport in this city which is known by many as the ultimate surfers' paradise.