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Budapest Transport Authority and CAF signed HUF 27 billion contract

Budapest Transport Authority (BKK) and CAF  signed a HUF 27 billion (EUR 87 mil)  contract for the supply 37 Urbos low-floor bidirectional trams, with an option for 87 more.  In January, the Public Procurement Arbitration Board (KDB) requested the Budapest Public Transport Centre (BKK) to re-evaluate the bid submitted by Skoda of the Czech Republic. BKK had found Skoda’s bid to be invalid.

The 25 five-section trams are 34 m long, 326 passengers capacity and are scheduled in Budapest in the autumn of 2015, while the remaining 12 nine-section vehicles are 56 m long, 345 passengers capacity and may arrive in the spring of 2016. The shorter vehicles included in the option will need to be capable of catenary-free operation as the City of Budapest intends to remove the overhead catenary on Kossuth tér, which surrounds the Parliament building.

The procurement is part of a HUF 43 billion forint (EUR 133m) tram and trolleybus development project financed almost entirely from European Union funds.

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