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New Flirt EMUs start service in Budapest

MÁV-START Zrt and Hungarian-Austrian railway passenger operator GYSEV Zrt  launched the service of the first of 48 Flirt multiple units produced by Stadler. Until the end of 2015, more units will gradually enter service on Budapest  suburban railway lines and Győr–Sopron line. 

The EMUs are part of a EUR 267 million joint order from 2013, including 42 suburban and regional multiple-units for MÁV and six for GYSEV (EUR 20 million). The new four-part trains are single voltage low floor vehicles with a seating capacity of 200 and a maximum speed of 160 km/h.

According to MÁV-START, its 60 units Flirt fleet has significantly increase the quality of the Hungarian rail transport service. On the lines where these vehicles operate the number of passengers increased by 6-12%. In addition, the EMUs saved electricity worth HUF 7 billion during five years and 40 million kilometers of operation.

Stadler received the first order in Hungary in 2005 for the delivery of 30+30 vehicles, which was followed by a successful tender participation in 2012 on a public procurement issued by GYSEV for the delivery of 4 EMUs.

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