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.