Romanian public transport operator CTP Arad has presented for the local press its future investments in the development of tramway system. Tramways represent the main form of public transport in the city, with a passenger market share of approximately 95%.
In the near future CTP Arad plans to overhaul 20 GT6 – GT8 tramways, to modernise pantographs by replacing the copper strip with carbon, to enhance two power-supply substations and to carry out upgrades on 21 km of line in order to adapt it to the requirements of low-floor rolling stock. The infrastructure of UTA tram depot will also be upgraded to allow proper maintenance and repair works of low-floor trams.
The public transport operator has invested EUR 33 Million EBRD loan in the rehabilitation of a large part of its 130 km tram network. In 2014, CTP Arad purchased six Imperio tramways worth EUR 8.3 million from Romanian rolling stock manufacturer Astra Passenger Coaches (Astra Vagoane Calatori). Its rolling stock fleet includes 147 tramways, some 30-year-old.