Prague Will Have a New Fleet of Trams

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It has been seventeen years since the announcement of the bid for new trams in Prague. DPP is preparing a tender with nine manufacturers.

In a December interview, Deputy Mayor Adam Scheinherr said the capital would need 186 new trams. The main reason is for the replacement of older types, and also the large expansion of the tram network in the city.

New trams will be low-floor, with full-vehicle air conditioning and other equipment.

“We must ensure that we have looked at all options which include our requirements and meets our extremely demanding technical requirements, and at the same time provides high comfort for passengers,” said Scheinherr.

The member of the Board of Directors and the technical director of DPP – Surface Jan Šurovský, said that DPP will also be interested in elements of active and passive safety or the costs of service intervals.

The nine manufacturers contacted by DPP are Alstom, CAF, Hyundai Rotem, Modertrans, Pesa, Pragoimex, Siemens, Stadler and Škoda Transportation.

The Prague tram network consists of 142.4 km of track, 882 tram vehicles (one of the largest fleets in the world) and 26 daytime routes, 2 historical and 9-night routes with a total route length of 518 km.

The Prague tram system (including the Petřín funicular) served 373.4 million passengers in 2018, the highest number in the world after Budapest. Prague’s first horsecar tram line was opened in 1875, and the first electric tram ran in 1891.

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