The Hungarian National Transport Authority has issued the Type License for the 55.9 m long CAF Urbos 3 trams together with the authorisation of the first vehicle on 15 February 2016. The world’s longest tram is likely enter operations in Budapest at the end of March. Eight other long CAF trams are waiting for the same licence in Budapest, and three more vehicles will be transported to the Hungarian capital in the next months. The vehicles will obtain authorisations gradually as planned until the middle of May this year.
According to Budapest Transport Centre (BKK), Urbos 3/9 CAF tramway can set the world-record for being the longest tram (55.9 min length) and having the largest capacity, it can accommodate 345 people at the same time. The low-floor tram fully meets the modern standards, the interior is are-conditioned, and all seats are easily accessible.
Budapest Transport Company (BKV Zrt.) will operate a total of 12 long trams, serving on Line 1. These are part of a 37 low-floor Urbos 3 trams order, 25 34m-long and 12 55.9-m long vehicles, placed by BKK in 2013. The order included an option for 87 additional trams, part of which has already been exercised.
The shorter CAF trams presented in mid-September 2015 are already operating on the lines 3, 17 and the northern section of line 19.