Bombardier’s rail division, Bombardier Transportation, has received an order for 36 Francilien train sets from the French national railway corporation, Société nationale des chemins de fer français (SNCF).
The order is on behalf of the Greater Paris transport authority, Île-de-France Mobilités, which will deploy the trains in the Ile-de-France commuter system that serves the Greater Paris region.
Berlin-headquartered Bombardier Transportation says the order, which amounts to a total of 270 cars, is valued at US$303 million.
The order is part of a 2006 contract signed with France’s national railway system, Societe nationale des chemins de fer francais (SNCF).
The trains will feature upgrades to improve passenger comfort. They will be equipped with USB ports, more ergonomic handrails and large panoramic screens to increase readability of passenger information. The Francilien offers room for up to 1,000 people and includes large seats, wide doors and open gangways to increase passenger flow. In addition, they are equipped with the energy efficient and “intelligent” technologies as well as with improved security systems.
To date, 230 Francilien trains are in operation.