Plzeň public transport operator, PMDP, selected Škoda Transportation for the supply of 22 ForCity Smart trams, under a EUR 38.75 million contract (CZK 1 billion) which also includes an option for additional trams.
The three-section, bi-directional, high-capacity trams will be 100% low-floor. Other benefits of the vehicles include a fully swivel chassis and low axle pressure that is doesn’t wear the top of the track. The trams also offer a technical solution suitable for both sharp turns and tricky rising of tracks in Pilsen.
The quick boarding and unboarding of passengers will allow five double-wing doors on both sides of the vehicle. ForCity Smart trams will conform to the latest European standards, including requirements for non-flammability of used materials, strength of vehicle cabins and impact resistance of the vehicle cabin. The new layout of the driver’s cabin also provides a better view for the driver and more comfortable steering ergonomics.
The new vehicles will be tailored to Plzeň’s requirements and specifications.
“We are glad that the newly purchased vehicles will contribute to increasing the comfort of our passengers. This purchase will increase the number of low-floor trams from the current 69% to 86%. The average age of the tram fleet will be reduced by up to 8 years,” Jiří Ptáček, Chief Transport Officer of PMDP, said.