The first CAF metro train delivered to Bucharest underground started the 20.000 km endurance trials on Metrorex network. Named 1301-2301 – “Danube”, the metro train is being tested at night, on Metro Line 2. Following successful completion of the test, the Romanian Railway Authority will issue the technical agreement, mandatory for the commercial operation.
At the beginning of this month, the union leader at the metro company Metrorex, stated that the metro trains are too wide and cannot fit into Bucharest metro stations, unless 10 centimeters will be carved out of the platforms in 14 metro stations. However, Metrorex representatives declared that the new trains comply with the required standards and so far no issues appeared during testings.
So far CAF delivered 6 metro units, which are in different stages of dynamic trails.
In 2011, Metrorex has awarded CAF in the contract to supply 16 metro units with the option of a further 8 trains.
These new trains will provide service on the new line 5 of the Bucharest metro and each will consist of 6 cars. With a capacity of 1,200 passengers along its 114 m of length with an unobstructed gangway along the entire train, running at a maximum speed of 80 km/h with a third rails energy capture system of 750 Vdc. These are vehicles designed for mass passenger transit, with the standard maximum quality and safety levels, and can be accessed by persons with reduced mobility, with two areas for wheelchair users.