Funding approved for Stuttgart LRV procurement

Stuttgart City Council approved to provide a EUR 72.5 million funding for Stuttgart tram AG (SSB) to purchase 23 rail vehicles and to build a new depot.
The additional trams will be procured due to the ridership increase and the expansion of city’s tramway network. The short-term measures of the traffic development plan (NVEP) envisages the extension of the U19 to the Mercedes-Benz Museum, a new U5b Killesberg-Plieningen branch with cross link at Möhringen, the extension of the line U5 to Leinfelden- Echterdingen and a new light rail Weilimdorf-Hausen / Ditzingen.
For the procurement of the new light rail vehicles, SSB did not received state funding from Baden-Württemberg. The total cost of the SSB is around EUR 87.7 million, with EUR 40 million city council’s investment.
According to the Council, the fleet of the SSB will increase to 224 trams, which will also require a new depot, which will be located at Ditzingen, north of Stuttgart. This will be SSB’s fourth deport, which was identified by the city in October 2018. It is expected that the approval procedure will be initiated in 2020, and the construction would start in 2023. The depot will be operational in 2025. The total cost of the depot is estimated at EUR 60 million, of which the city will provide EUR 25 million, and the remaining needed funding will be identified by the SBB through the Municipal Transport Financing Law.
SSB ordered three new rack-equipped light rail vehicles and three bicycle cars for Marienplatz – Degerloch line. This will cost SBB EUR 17.7 million, and the city will allot EUR 7.5 million.
For fleet development, last year, SSB ordered 20 DT 8.15 LRVs from Stadler, expected to be delivered between 2021 and 2023. Also, in 2010, SSB awarded Stadler a contract for the supply of 20 LRVs, with an option for additional 20 vehicles, which was exercised in 2014.

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