Mobility solution provider Bombardier Transportation has signed a contract to provide 15 BOMBARDIER TRAXX MS13 locomotives to the largest fully private Central European rail operator RegioJet, headquartered in the Czech Republic. This is the first order for the new TRAXX MS3 locomotive for passenger service. The contract includes options for additional locomotives and the first application of Bombardier’s new online spare parts ordering tool. The tool features spare part delivery commitments and removes the need for operators to maintain their own parts inventory. The new locomotives will be used to carry out domestic and cross-border passenger service between the Czech Republic and neighbouring countries. The new contract is based on a first contract in 2017 for the purchase of eight TRAXX MS2e locomotives. The contract takes RegioJet’s expansion into account, including new operations on domestic lines such as Brno – Ostrava – Bohumín, and the extension of its international services to Hungary as of June 2020.
Jiří Schmidt, Director of Operations, RegioJet, said, “We are looking forward to receiving this next generation of vehicles, as the four TRAXX MS2e locomotives we operate now are a reliable and proven part of our fleet. Aside from increased efficiency and lower operating costs, these new locomotives will also enable us to expand our business offering to our customers across the Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) region.”
RegioJet is purchasing additional TRAXX MS3 locomotives predominantly to unify its current fleet of multi-system locomotives, which will only be made up of TRAXX MS locomotives in the future.
In addition, the company wants to benefit from strong synergies while using one of the most advanced multi-system locomotives for its long-distance trains.
“RegioJet is the first passenger operator to order our innovative TRAXX MS3 locomotive. Our TRAXX 3 platform has already shown its outstanding performance in commercial operation in Italy since the beginning of this year. We are excited to introduce these vehicles in passenger service, where the distances are twice as high as in freight transport and punctuality is of paramount importance,” added Tomas Holy, Business Development Manager for Eastern Europe, Bombardier Transportation. “We are sure that our new TRAXX locomotive will also live up to the challenge.”
This new order increases the number of TRAXX 3 locomotives, the most modern electric locomotives on the market, ordered by European customers to 170. The development of this new locomotive generation is based on the success of the proven TRAXX family. To date, more than 2,000 of these locomotives are operating in 20 countries, covering a combined distance of 300 million kilometers per year.
Bombardier is the second-largest rolling stock manufacturing company in the Czech Republic. The company has more than 1,400 employees in its Česká Lípa manufacturing site, a center of competence for welded components for regional and commuter trains, trams and metros. Bombardier’s products also support rail and urban transport in the Czech Republic every day. A hundred TRAXX locomotives are in service in the Czech Republic; Bombardier also provides services and maintenance for several Czech operators who own more than 40 TRAXX locomotives. Moreover, Prague Metro Lines A and B are equipped with the BOMBARDIER CITYFLO 350 mass transit train control solution.
1 MS is the abbreviation for multi-system. A multi-system locomotive is an electric locomotive able to operate on more than one railway electrification system – useful, for example, when crossing borders.
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RegioJet as a company reported profit in 2018 reaching approximately 4 million EUR and transporting almost 10 million passengers on all train lines in Austria, the Czech Republic and Slovakia. In 2019, RegioJet expects further profit growth in the level of millions of Euro and growth of passenger numbers by 10 – 15%. On a fully non-subsidized commercial basis, RegioJet operates long-distance trains connecting Prague with Vienna, Bratislava, Košice, Brno, Ostrava and other cities. In Slovakia RegioJet also operates regional trains between Bratislava and Komárno under a PSO (Public Service Obligation) contract.
In December 2019 RegioJet will replace České dráhy (Czech Railways) on one of the main long-distance interregional lines in the Czech Republic, connecting Brno, Ostrava and Bohumín – after winning the market selection called by the Czech ministry of transportation. At the same time, RegioJet will also expand its regional operations in the Ústí nad Labem region taking over regional trains on 3 regional lines. Recently RegioJet also announced extension of its international long distance services to Budapest in Hungary – as of June 2020.