SAUDI ARABIA: Bombardier Transportation has presented the final designs for its Riyadh Metro Line 3 trains to Prince Turki Bin Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz, Governor of Riyadh and Chairman of project promoter the ArRiyadh Development Authority.
Bombardier is to supply 47 two-car driverless trainsets for Line 3 (Orange) as a member of the ArRiyadh New Mobility Consortium. Bombardier said the Innovia 300 cars would ‘reflect Saudi Arabia's culture for beautiful design’ and well as comply with ADA's technical requirements. ‘When public transit is attractive and reliable, then all socio-economic groups can be encouraged to move from road to rail’, said Philippe Casgrain, Vice-President, Europe, Middle East & Africa at Bombardier Transportation’s Systems Division.
The aluminium car bodies will have steel underframes and composite ends, with large front and side windows to ‘create a bright and comfortable aesthetic and provide a scenic view’. The ‘attractive passenger friendly interiors’ will have three classes of accommodation with ‘plentiful’ comfortable seating: first class for families and single passengers, family-only, and single passenger only. Each car will have three twin-leaf doors per side, with spacious entrances and wide aisles for fast boarding and smooth passenger flow. There will be designated spaces for passengers with reduced mobility, and the trains will be equipped with passenger information systems, CCTV and two-way communications.
The cars will have Bombardier’s Mitrac traction equipment designed for rapid acceleration and regenerative braking, with lightweight Flexx Eco bogies.