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March 5, 2014

CAF to deliver new Urbos trams for Budapest

Spain's Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles (CAF) has been awarded a contract to deliver 37 low-floor Urbos trams for use in the Hungarian capital, Budapest.

Spain’s Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles (CAF) has been awarded a contract to deliver 37 low-floor Urbos trams for use in the Hungarian capital, Budapest.

The approximately €90m order was placed by BKK, which is responsible for the city’s transport, and comes with an extension option for up to a further 87 vehicles.

According to the tender, the order is for two tram types, 25 of which are 34m-long, with the remaining 12 vehicles being 56m-long. The contract has been funded by the European Union (EU).

The trams are fitted with video entertainment and passenger information systems."

CAF’s Urbos tram is a two-way vehicle consisting of five and nine module units, and are designed to operate on 1,435mm gauge track at a service speed of 50kmph.

The trams are fitted with video entertainment and passenger information systems, including interior and exterior panels, TFT screens, and emergency intercoms, among others.

The five module tram has four double doors on each side and can carry 326 passengers, whereas the nine module vehicle has seven double doors and a capacity of up to 562 passengers.

Budapest has an extensive tram network with nearly 40 lines running throughout the city. Certain lines in the city are claimed to carry the highest numbers of passengers across Europe.

CAF is also currently executing another project in Hungary, supplying trams for the city of Debrecen.

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