New trams enter service in Turin

Turin bespoke tramsGruppo Torinese Trasporti (GTT) has put into service the new Turin bespoke trams manufactured by Hitachi Rail at the factory in Naples.

An initial 30 trams are to enter passenger operation as part of a framework agreement signed in May 2020 for the supply of 70 new light rail vehicles by 2024. The contract is funded by the Ministry of Sustainable Infrastructure and Mobility through an agreement with the City of Turin aimed at boosting rail transport in large urban centres.

Each light rail vehicle has a maximum speed of 60 km/h, is 28 meters long, and is able to accommodate up to 218 passengers. The trams livery takes up the yellow and blue colours that represent the city of Turin, and the colour scheme of the new GTT buses.

The service will deliver a high level of passenger comfort and design, providing exceptional space compared to previous models and an innovative air conditioning system that ensures a continuous exchange of air from the outside, guaranteeing high safety standards.

The Turin bespoke trams, based on Siro tram platform, are designed to combine large windows with transparent sides to the roof, providing excellent internal brightness and visibility of the outside world.

“Hitachi Rail’s new trams for the city of Turin represents the evolution of the previous Siro model, of which hundreds have been built for cities in Italy and abroad. The trams incorporate new technologies and high quality standards for reliability and passenger comfort, and are designed to further encourage the use of public transport in cities,” Luca D’Aquila, COO of Hitachi Rail, said.

The new vehicles are equipped with two areas for people with disabilities and provide easy access and good manoeuvrability for wheelchairs. External display signs are also provided at the ideal height to be visible to passengers in wheelchairs.

The new GTT trams will be deployed on lines 3, 9, 10 and, also on line 4 from 2024.

The light rail vehicles will make it possible to gradually replace the “orange” trams of the 2800 series, 10 of them planned to still deliver services and two to enter historic park.

The procurement of these new trams is an important step forward towards the sustainable urban mobility that GTT and the municipality are jointly aiming for.

By 2026, with 70 trams and 437 new city buses, many of which are electric, GTT will have achieved a significant renewal of its vehicle fleet, guaranteeing 81 % of trips with electric power and a significant reduction in emissions (-59% of CO2).

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