The new Siemens-built Avenio low-floor light rail vehicle (LRV) for the Munich Public Transportation Company (MVG) has started revenue service on tram Line 19 from St Veit Strasse to Pasing Station, Germany.
The LRV is the first of eight Siemens Avenio vehicles for MVG, which were ordered under a €29m contract in September 2012.
According to MVG, three of the eight vehicles have received certification for passenger service, while the remaining units are likely to enter service within the next few weeks.
The low-floor, four-section trams will have a length of 36.85m, a width of 2,300mm and the capacity to carry 220 passengers.
The Siemens trams will be called Type T1 by MVG and will operate in a common pool with the Bombardier/Siemens Type R3.3 and Stadler Variobahn Type S fleets.
Low axle loads will enable the trams to travel quietly on old lines, in order to reduce to vehicle and track damage, as well as energy consumption.
Six of the eight LRVs will be deployed to increase the existing network frequencies, while the remaining two were ordered to expand fleet capacity.
The company expects to deploy the two trains after the opening of the 2.7km-long tram extension from Max Weber Platz to Berg-am-Laim S-Bahn station next year.
Image: Siemens’ Avenio trams will have a length of 36.85m and the capacity to seat 220 passengers. Copyright: courtesy of Stadtwerke München / ergon3.