The new Astra Imperio trams could enter circulation from November, on line 41, announced on Thursday, the general director of the Bucharest Transport Company (STB), Adrian Criţ.
“I would express a point of view regarding local public transport, because if we take into account today’s exhibition and what follows in the next ten days, I think that auspiciously and even with the participation of the Romanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, it would be an exhibition that should focus on public transport in Romania. On the other hand, I would like to highlight what is currently happening in public transport in the Capital. As you probably noticed, upon entering the building, in front, the new Imperio tram is on display, which will probably run from next month on line 41. We are discussing a project with a value of 890 million lei, plus VAT. It is about a hundred trams that will run in Bucharest”said Criţ at the opening conference of the Bucharest Auto Show (SAB) & Accessories 2022.
At this moment, they are working on the development of feasibility studies for the purchase of another 200 trams, of which 20 are bi-directional.
“Bucharest will benefit from a hundred trolleybuses, with a value of 325 million lei, plus VAT, respectively 12-meter electric buses, with a value of over 300 million lei. I would like to say, for the first time, and the fact that they are currently working on feasibility studies, together with the Bucharest-Ilfov Metropolitan Transport Association and the Bucharest City Hall for the purchase of another 200 trams, of which 100 36-meter trams and 100 27-meter trams meters, of which 20 are bi-directional. Moreover, through the PNRR, there is already a decision of the General Council for the financing of 22 trolleybuses and part of the STB depots and bus depots will be equipped with photovoltaic panels. I want to highlight the fact that public transport in the Capital has become more comfortable, more pleasant to use. The state of cleanliness is different. At the moment we benefit from modern applications and as you have seen recently, it is about the application YouthTB, which is aimed at young people, and InfoTB, which offers access to all users to check the period and time when the vehicle arrives at the station”stated the head of STB.
The new trams have a capacity of 322 seats
The new Imperio tram set is produced at the Astra Vagoane Călători Arad factory, has a length of 36 meters and a total capacity of 322 seats, of which 56 are on seats, as well as a special place in the salon for wheelchairs and prams for children .
Also, the trams are equipped with five double doors, with an anti-crushing system, which ensures the easy transfer of passengers when getting on and off, without obstacles or narrow areas near the access doors. From the point of view of comfort, they have features such as: air-conditioning equipment designed to ensure air conditioning/heating both in the passenger compartment and in the driver’s seat, the compartment is illuminated in LED technology, visual and audio information system in LED technology /LCD, external route displays and indicators for notifying stations with LEDs, extrawide monitors for displaying the route and stations, respectively free Wi-Fi for passengers.
POS systems in Imperio trams
In addition, the trams benefit from a ticketing system and a POS system for purchasing the card directly in the tram, along with a braking energy recovery system, a 24/24 video surveillance system and a passenger counting system.
As a novelty, travelers will have the possibility of transporting bicycles through a collapsible clamping and fixing system, which will not occupy the space intended for other users when it is not in use.
Publication date: 06-10-2022 16:46
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