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Bucharest On Track for Transportation Boost with 250 New Trams

Bucharest On Track for Transportation Boost with 250 New Trams
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04 / 07 / 2023

Bucharest, the capital city of Romania, is set to enhance its public transport system with an addition of 250 new trams. The General Council of Bucharest has voted in favour of an opportunity study that paves the way for this massive expansion of the city's tramway network.

This initiative will supplement the ongoing project involving the local manufacturer Astra Vagoane Arad, which is already committed to providing 100 trams for the city. The Mayor General, Nicușor Dan, expressed optimism about obtaining financing from European funds and loans, appreciating the efforts of transport ADI and STB for the study and the councillors from USR, PNL, and PMP for their vote.

The recommendation put forward in the study outlines the purchase of 100 trams in the 27-metre range (bidirectional), 100 trams in the 36-metre unidirectional range and 50 units in the 45-metre range. This is in response to the fact that a total of 348 units have already exceeded their normal service life.

The ongoing contract with Astra Vagoane Arad, signed two years ago by the City Hall of Bucharest, is worth RON 845.68 million excluding VAT (approximately EUR 180 million). These trams are 36 metres long, featuring a fully lowered floor and five double doors. The contract also encompasses spare parts, commissioning services, maintenance, servicing and troubleshooting during the warranty period, and includes training for the staff who will operate the trams. The investment is being financed by non-reimbursable European funds.