Russia turns to Thurgau-designed trams

Transport Concession Company in Saint Petersburg has ordered 23 trams from Stadler Rail. The Thurgau-headquartered rail manufacturer will deliver the vehicles by the end of 2017.
Transport Concession Company has order trams from Stadler Rail.
Transport Concession Company has order trams from Stadler Rail.

Stadler Rail unveiled its Metelitsa trams to the public at the 2014 international ice hockey championship in Minsk. The prototype was so popular that it was awarded a prize by the public. Transport Concession Company from Saint Petersburg was equally impressed and has now ordered 23 Metelitsa trams, writes Stadler Rail in a statement.

“We are delighted to have been awarded this contract and hope that our Metelitsa tram will help us win further tenders in Russia,” said CEO Peter Spuhler. Demand is high in Russia, which plans to install several thousand trams in the lead up to the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Several tenders are now open.

Metelitsa is a three-carriage low-floored tram that boasts five double-leaf doors on either side to allow passengers to enter and exit with ease. The tram runs very quietly and offers passengers maximum comfort while in motion. Inside the vehicles are two separate areas for prams, wheelchairs and bicycles. The vehicles are 33.45 metres in length and have seats for 66 passengers and a total capacity of 370 passengers.

Stadler will build the trams at its factory in Minsk and in Switzerland. The first trams will be delivered at the end of July 2017.

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