Plzeň is to receive the latest Škoda Transportation trams
Škoda Transportation will supply up to twenty-two state-of-the-art trams for Plzeň. Plzeňské městské dopravní podniky (PMDP) will receive low-floor, high-capacity ForCity Smart trams manufactured by the Plzeň-based group. The total value of the contract including an option may be over one billion CZK.
"After almost 20 years, Škoda will deliver trams to Plzeň again. The West Bohemian metropolis will become the second Czech city after Ostrava where the new generation of state-of-the-art Škoda trams will operate. Plzeň citizens can look forward to very comfortable, reliable and safe vehicles produced by the Plzeň-based group Škoda Transportation," says Petr Brzezina, Škoda Transportation Chairman and CEO.
"We are glad that the newly purchased vehicles will contribute to increasing the comfort of our passengers. This purchase will increase the number of low-floor trams from the current 69% to 86%," says Jiří Ptáček, Chief Transport Officer of PMDP, and he adds: "The average age of the tram fleet will be reduced by up to 8 years."
The vehicles for Plzeň are based on the ForCity Smart tram series. "Similar vehicles are already operating in Helsinki, Finland, and we will soon deliver them to three German cities - Mannheim, Ludwigshafen and Heidelberg, as well as Tampere, Finland" says Deputy Chairman and Vice President of the Škoda Transportation Group Tomáš Ignačák. The trams will use several proven solutions, as well as some of the latest technological features. Of course, the new vehicles will be tailored to Plzeň's requirements and specifications.
"The expansion of the fleet is also important in relation to the planned construction of a tram line in Borská pole," says Michal Kraus, Chairman of the PMDP board, adding: "I'm sure this is a step in the right direction, and we want to develop this type of transport (railroad - tram, trolleybus) with regard to ecology and the fact that tram transport is the fastest transportation in cities."
"In addition to up to 22 trams, the contract price also includes technical documentation and maintenance and training instructions. The vehicles will be equipped with state-of-the-art information systems, cameras and many other innovations. New vehicle interiors will also be in line with today's trends, emphasizing functionality and simplicity. The trams will also be fully air-conditioned, which will greatly contribute to passenger comfort," adds Brzezina.
The three-section, bi-directional, high-capacity trams will be 100% low-floor. Other benefits of the vehicles include a fully swivel chassis and low axle pressure that is doesn't wear the top of the track. The trams also offer a technical solution suitable for both sharp turns and tricky rising of tracks in Pilsen.
The quick boarding and unboarding of passengers will allow five double-wing doors on both sides of the vehicle. ForCity Smart trams will conform to the latest European standards, including requirements for non-flammability of used materials, strength of vehicle cabins and impact resistance of the vehicle cabin. For example, the front frame of the vehicle is designed to protect the driver and the passengers in the event of a collision, while also considering other road users. The new layout of the driver's cabin also provides a better view for the driver and more comfortable steering ergonomics.
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