In addition, STA is ordering eight intermediate cars to increase the capacity of the FLIRTs already in service. In total, the order is worth around EUR 75 million. With this order, the number of FLIRTs sold exceeds the 700 threshold. Stadler has now sold 115 trains in Italy.
The transport department of the South Tyrol provincial administration purchased eight FLIRTs in 2008 via STA, as well as 12 diesel-powered articulated multiple-unit trains (GTWs) for the Vinschgerbahn, which entered service in 2005. The current order is an option from the original international tender made at the time. The trains are being purchased as part of the further modernisation of regional transport in South Tyrol. Peter Jenelten, Executive Vice President Marketing & Sales of Stadler Rail Group, is delighted, “We are proud to be able to deliver more FLIRTs to South Tyrol. This is also proof of the great success of the trains we delivered previously to Pustertal and Vinschgau.”
Comfortable and spacious
The new trains for South Tyrol are essentially the same as those delivered in 2008. They are similar to those for TILO, which SBB bought for the regional service Ticino–Italy, i.e. the trains are equipped as dual-voltage multiple-unit trains (3 kV DC for Italy, 15 kV AC for Austria), and are thus able to provide connections across national borders. Based on new findings, the interior will be further improved to achieve increased comfort for passengers. A new type of more comfortable seating will be installed, for example. The trains seat 260 people, have generously proportioned multifunctional compartments in the entry zones, two accessible toilets and air conditioning – and it is possible to walk from one end of the train to the other without meeting any steps. The top speed of these modern trains is 160 km/h.
All eight compositions will be delivered in the second half of 2013. At the same time, the four-carriage FLIRTs delivered in 2008 will be converted into six-carriage trains using the new intermediate cars.