Metropolitan EAD, the metro operator of Sofia, commissioned a consortium consisting of Siemens and Newag for equipping the new metro line 3. The order is worth around EUR 140 million and comprises the delivery of 20 Inspiro type metro trains and the Trainguard MT automatic train protection system, using wireless CBTC technology to achieve automatic operation. An option for ten more trains and the related automation system is also part of the contract. The line is planned to be put into operation in 2019.
This order includes the first phase of the construction project for the first 8 km with 8 stations.
When completed, the metro system with its three lines will form a triangle underneath the center of Sofia so that passengers will only have to change once to get to a station on one of the other lines.
The Inspiro car bodies will be produced at Siemens’ plant in Vienna, Austria, while the bogies will come from the Siemens’ plant in Graz. Final assembly, factory train testing, and static commissioning of the trains will take place at Newag’s plant in Nowy Sacz, Poland.