A new generation of trams are expected to start operating in Moscow this year, Moscow MayorSergei Sobyanin said during a visit to the Krasnaya Presnya tram depot operated by Mosgortrans (Moscow City Transport Authority).
“In December, we entered into a supply contract for 120 new trams. Of this total, 70 trams are expected to enter into operation this year, and another 50 next year,” the Moscow Mayor said.
The Ural Plant of Transport Engineering (Uraltransmash), a subsidiary of the Uralvagonzavod R&D Corporation, won the tender with its PESA/UVZ 71-414 low-floor model, which is to be manufactured in Yekaterinburg using European and Russian components.
“These trams are currently being tested. They offer twice as much space and seating capacity as compared to older models,” Mr Sobyanin pointed out.
The new generation trams have a capacity of 184 seats, but can carry as many as 255 riders. They are also equipped with video surveillance, passenger information and GLONASS navigation systems, along with heating, air conditioning and fire extinguishing equipment.
The Mayor emphasised that the new model has great noise reduction characteristics. “These are state-of-the-art models. There is practically no noise inside. Low-floor trams can be used by people with reduced mobility. All in all, this is truly a new generation model,” Sergei Sobyanin went on to say.
The new trams are expected to go into service in July 2014. The first vehicles will operate from Mosgortrans’ Krasnaya Presnya tram depot on route No. 6 (from the Sokol metro station to Bratsevo) and other routes. The new trams will also take part in the Moscow Tram Parade to be held on 12 April from 11 am to 1 pm on Chistoprudny Blvd.
The tram upgrade effort is carried out by the Moscow Government as part of the Transport Infrastructure Development programme and features upgrades of Moscow tram tracks and purchases of new generation vehicles that comply with all requirements in terms of comfort and safety.