Stadler was awarded the contract to manufacture and deliver 12 Metelitsa trams for the Cochabamba Metropolitan Train project in Bolivia. The new vehicles will be delivered in August 2019. Under the contract, Stadler will support technical maintenance of the trams for three years.
The order has been granted by the “Asociación Accidental Tunari” formed by the Spanish construction company JOCA, a company of the ICADI Group, and the Swiss Molinari Rail.
The Cochabamba tram line will link the municipalities of Sacaba, Cercado, Colcapirua, Quillacollo, Vinto and Sipe Sipe in the Department of Cochabamba, providing transport services to more than 1 million people.
The trams will be assembled in a European factory and, once verified, disassembled by modules and shipped to Cochabamba. The shipment of the tram modules is estimated to last one and a half month.
The 3-car low floor trams are of modular buildup with a track gauge of 1,435 mm, a total length of 33 meters, a capacity for up to 200 passengers and space for four wheelchairs, which can be increased.
A special feature of this lightweight tram is its designed maximum speed of 80 kilometers per hour. The vehicles will have doors on both sides of the car.