Montréal’s Bombardier Transportation will supply an additional 60 BOMBARDIER TWINDEXX Vario double-deck coaches to Israel Railways (ISR).
This call-off order is part of a framework agreement signed in October 2010 and is valued at approximately US$120 million (€106 million).
The new order increases ISR's fleet of Bombardier-built double-deck coaches to 425. The TWINDEXX Vario power cars are equipped with the reliable and energy efficient BOMBARDIER MITRAC 1000 propulsion and control system.
One of the advantages of this system is that it allows trains to accelerate quickly to an optimum speed. As the Israeli public transportation market continues to grow, demand for additional capacity and more frequent service is increasing. In response, the government has planned over €7 billion in investments to upgrade its railway networks, opening up opportunities for a variety of mobility solutions.
These additional double-deck trains, hauled by the new TRAXX AC electric locomotives ordered in 2015, will represent great strides in helping alleviate congestion in the nation. To further reduce reliance on private cars, Israel is also developing light rail vehicle and monorail systems for several lines. Deliveries for this call-off order are expected to take place between March 2017 and July 2018. Yossi Daskal, Chief Country Representative and Head of Sales Israel,
Bombardier Transportation, said, “We are proud to continue strengthening our local footprint. Bombardier’s story in Israel continues to be a success due to high performance and the excellent relationship Bombardier has built with ISR over the last decades. We are delighted to be part of ISR’s rail network electrification and modernization by providing high quality, sustainable solutions.”