Bombardier Transportation has delivered the last of 220 FLEXITY trams built for the Brussels transport authority STIB (Société des Transports Intercommunaux de Bruxelles). STIB now officially owns the world’s largest, single-type tram fleet, a milestone in the long term partnership of STIB and Bombardier Transportation.
Bombardier received STIB’s initial order for 46 FLEXITYOutlook trams in October 2003. STIB’s first option-order for an additional 22 vehicles came in September 2005, followed in January 2008 by another option-order for 87 more trams. In 2010, another order for 65 vehicles brought the number of vehicles in operation by STIB up to an impressive 220. In total, STIB now operates 70 seven-module trams and 150 five-module vehicles.
“Comfort, availability and information really matter to our customers. With these new trams, which are more modern and spacious, we meet our passengers’ expectations and continue improving our service and availability. This is much appreciated by our customers according to the latest customer satisfaction survey, here trams were rated equal to metros in terms of comfort”, explains Brieuc de Meeûs, CEO of STIB.