Bucharest City Council has approved the plan for the acquisition of 100 new low-floor tramways over a four years period, starting with next year. Financing will be provided by the municipality. The acquisition is part of the project for the renewal of Bucharest transport operator (RATB) rolling stock fleet, which includes 287 operational tramways.
The tender will be organised in lots and will include:
- 90 trams, 36 m – long, with minimum 5 double doors
- 10 bidirectional 27 m-long trams, minimum 4 doors on both sides.
According to Gabriela Firea, Bucharest Mayor, investments will also be directed towards the modernisation of URAC, RATB subsidiary tramway repair plant, which currently lack technical capacities. Its production capacity is 10 units/year. URAC is the designer and producer of Bucur low-floor tramway, equipped with air conditioning system, passenger counting system and, on demand, an audio and video information system. The price of Bucur LF tramway can reach EUR 900,000/unit.
URAC has also partnered Astra Vagoane Calatori for the production of Imperio tramways, designed by Siemens.