Prague Public Transport Company (DPP) received the last of 250 ForCity Alfa trams from Škoda Transportation. With a length of 31.4 m and a width of less than 2.5 m, the uni-directional, three-section tram can carry 180 passengers, with 61 seats.
Six wide, double wing doors allow for very fast exiting and boarding, and the tram’s ability to smoothly drive through bends reduces travel time and speeds up traffic. In 2015 there was a change in the tram’s design and interior, and several technical innovations that increased travel comfort were made. The new design is particularly noticeable in the front of the vehicle, where the color of the tram was significantly modified.
Within 10 years, Škoda delivered Prague these 250 low-floor trams that successfully carried passengers for over 50 million kilometers.
“We received the last of a total of 250 15T trams from Škoda Transportation. This was one of our key long-term contracts, and we have concluded an important stage in the modernization of our tram fleet,” Petr Witowski, Chairman of the Board of Directors and CEO of DPP, said.
In 2005, the companies signed the contract for the supply of 250 trams, with a total value of CZK 17 billion (EUR 657 million, at February 2019 exchange rate). The first tram was delivered in 2011, the 100th tram in 2014 and in 2017 was delivered the 200th tram, with a new design.
The tram contract with Prague Public Transport Company is one of Škoda Transportation’s largest orders in history.