MPK Krakow has announced the tender for the procurement of up 60 new low-floor trams, for which the interested companies should submit the needed documentation until June 19, 2019. The transport company said that the final number of the trams will depend, among others, from the amount of funding coming from the European Union.
If the proceeds will be carried out without problems, the delivery of the first 10 new trams could start by the end of 2021.
According to the tender, the trams will have minimum 6 doors and will have a capacity for at least 220 passengers. Two trams will be equipped with the needed system to allow catenary-free operation and the remaining vehicles will be developed to allow the adaptation of catenary-free system. All trams will be equipped with air conditioning system, a ticket machine with the possibility of paying with cash and card, a passenger information system, with voice announcements and boards displaying the route, monitoring system, passenger counting system and USB ports.
MPK Krakow says that the new trams will offer more space for wheelchair users with disabilities.
The announced tender is the result of a technical dialogue conducted for several months, in which several companies participated. The technical requirements developed during this process were included in the Specification of Essential Terms of the Order, which defines the basic elements of the construction and production of vehicles.
In 2020, the city of Krakow will receive 50 new low-floor trams from Solaris Bus & Coach and Stadler Polska JV, under a contract totaling PLN 423 million (EUR 98.5million). The first agreement covered the supply of 35 trams, with an additional option of 15 trams, which was exercised in the same month when the firm order was signed (January 2018).
Adding this latest order, Krakow invests PLN 1 billion (EUR 232.8 million) to renew its tram fleet. For this programme, Krakow receives PLN 125 million (EUR 29.9 million) European financing, under the Operational Programme Infrastructure and Environment 2014–2020. In addition, EIB announced in June the provision of a PLN 376 million (EUR 87 million) loan for the procurement of the new trams.