The Mayor of Moscow, Sergei Sobyanin, and the President of Transmashholding, Andrei Bokarev, signed an agreement for the construction of a techno park which will serve as a tram production and maintenance center, as well as an innovation hub in the field of electric transport. The production of the vehicles is expected to take place at Krasnopresnenskaya tram depot.
Although the city has renewed its 70% of the tram fleet, and under the framework contracts concluded to renew 100% of its tramway fleet, the “trams need maintenance and repair services in the future. In addition, Russian cities will need new and modern trams. Therefore, we have reached an agreement with Transmashholding to build a techno park in our city for the production and maintenance of trams,” Sergei Sobyanin said.
By 2020, Moscow will have to receive 390 vehicles under the existing contracts with Mosgortrans, Metrovagonmash and PC Transport Systems.
Currently, Vityaz-Moskva trams operate 15 routes out forty-six tram routes in the Russian capital, providing transport services for 2.1 million passengers per week. The innovative vehicles operate in the North-East, East, South-East, South, and the centre of Moscow.
Vityaz-Moskva trams are silent, with low floor, easing the special needs passengers’ boarding. The cars are equipped with climate control and satellite navigation systems, security cameras, and USB sockets for charging mobile gadgets and Wi-Fi. Vityaz-Moskva uses no turnstiles, accommodating up to 260 passengers. Another 100 of new generation trams will be launched by the end of this year. By 2024, the city’s tram fleet will fully consist of innovative and modern vehicles.