Zweckverband Mittelsachsen (VMS), the transport authority in the Chemnitz area awarded Stadler a contact for the supply of 19 CityLink tram-trains with an option for up to 27 additional vehicles for the Chemnitz-Bahn.
The three-section bidirectional vehicles will enter passenger service from summer 2026. The new order increases Stadler’s vehicle fleet in Chemnitz to 61 vehicles.
The fully electric tram-trains will connect the city centre with the surrounding area of Chemnitz, allowing passengers a direct connection without changing the vehicles.
The second generation of CityLink tram-trains are 37.5 metre long and provide four multifunctional areas for transporting wheelchairs, prams or bicycles. They are fully electric and have a capacity for up to 236 passengers with 88 seats.
The bidirectional vehicles are fully low-floor and the access is provided by the four double doors on each side at ground level on platforms with a platform height of 38 and 55 centimetres. The new tram trains are equipped with a dynamic passenger information system (FIS) and a radio-controlled blind information system (BLIS).
The CityLink tram-trains have a drive power of 900 kW and can reach a maximum speed of 100 km/h. They can be operated with tram power (600/750 V DC voltage) in the city area or heavy railway power (15,000 V AC voltage) on the railway network of city’s surrounding area.
“With the new vehicle fleet, we are more cost-effective and environmentally friendly across the transport network. With these new vehicles we are taking a big step towards the completion of the Chemnitz model,” Mathias Korda, Managing Director of the Verkehrsverbund Mittelsachsen said.
To reduce the emissions and to provide green transport services, VMS has also applied for EIB funding. In September 2021, the bank has announced that will analyse a EUR 148 million tram-train procurement project with a proposed financing of EUR 70 million.