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Light Rail News: Index 2012 > Basel tram order; 6 February 2012
Basel’s Transport Authority (BVB) has signed a contract for the delivery of up to 60 BOMBARDIER FLEXITY trams which is the biggest order placed by the BVB in its 116-year history. The contract consists of options for several deliveries: the first delivery comprises the vehicle specifications and two FLEXITY trams. The first new trams will go into operation in time for the opening of the extension of tram line number eight to Weil am Rhein, in 2013. From 2014, two new FLEXITY trams will be delivered to Basel every month, subject to confirmation by the legislature of the Swiss canton Basel-Stadt.
The 2.3 m wide vehicle is available in two lengths: the five-module tram is 31.8 m long and accommodates 183 passengers, the seven-module vehicle is 43.2 m long and comfortably provides space for 254 passengers. A total of 43 long and 17 shorter trams will gradually replace the 101 trams currently in service in Basel.
6 February 2012
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