The first two of the 6 tramways procured by Arad Municipality from Astra Vagoane Calatori (Astra Passenger Coaches) were delivered to the public transport operator CTP Arad.
During the handover ceremony, Gheorghe Falca, Mayor of Arad, informed that the municipality plans to obtain EU funding in order to purchase another six new trams during 2015-2020.
Following first trials which will start tomorrow, the two tramways will enter service in December on Line 3, Arad’s longest tramway line.
The acquisition contract was signed in June 2014 and its value was approximately EUR 8.3 million.
The Imperio tram for Arad city is 27 meters long and can reach a top speed of 70 Km/h. The tram is capable of carrying 208 persons, of which 40 seated. According to Mihai Chepeţan, Technical Director at Astra, the tramway has the lowest power consumption in the world (0.63 kWh per run km) and very low maintenance costs.