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Rīgas satiksme to procure 20 new low-floor trams

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RURīgas satiksme has announced plans to procure 20 new low-floor trams. It is planned that the new trams will start appearing in Riga on 4th tram route toward Imanta in the second half of 2016. The estimated price of this deal is EUR 70 million.

The new tram procurement plan will not affect ticket prices, a noted in RS.

The procurement procedure provides that the winner will have to manufacture and supply 15 trams with three sections and 5 trams with four sections. The first vehicle is to be supplied no later than 12 months after signing of the contract. All ordered vehicles are to be supplied no later than 18 months after signing of the contract.

Trams are required to be adapted to suit the needs of disabled passengers with limited mobility. Trams are also required to be safe for use within public transport infrastructure of Riga without the need of technological modifications.

The term for submission of procurement offers expires on 15 October 2015.

Currently there are 189 trams owned by RS. 26 of those trams are low-floor type. The previous low-floor tram procurement successfully concluded in 2008. According to the contract signed between RS and Škoda Transportation, Riga has received 26 low-floor trams.

The average speed of trams in Riga is 16.07 km/h. The total tram rail length in Riga is 124 km. The total number of stops is 242. On average, 34 million passengers are carried in trams in Riga every year.


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