Baselland Transport (BLT) and Stadler signed a contract for the manufacture and delivery of 25 Tina trams which will be built at the plant in Bussnang, Switzerland.
The first trams will enter passenger operation when the timetable changes in December 2023 and in 2024 and 2025 additional vehicles will provide transport services. They will replace the current Schindler trams, which are over 40 years old.
In February 2021, BLT announced it has selected Stadler for the supply of a new tram fleet and now, the BLT Board of Directors authorised the release of credit for the procurement of 25 new vehicles and approved the specifications in the works supply contract.
The funding commitments have been obtained from the federal government and the cantons of Basel-Landschaft, Basel-Stadt and Solothurn.
BLT will be the first rail operator in Switzerland to use Stadler’s new ‘total integrated low-floor drive’ Tina (German acronym) trams.
When designed, the manufacturer paid special attention to passenger comfort. The trams are fully air-conditioned, providing a spacious interior, large panoramic windows and an integrated passenger information system. It is low floor and accessible from the first to the last passenger door, and all 96 seats offer plenty of space to ensure foot and knee comfort.
The bogies at both ends guarantee the smooth running of the vehicle whilst protecting wheels and rails.
“The Tina tram was designed from scratch. The spacious interior and large panoramic windows make the innovative vehicle particularly impressive. At the same time, the completely newly designed bogies guarantee the smooth running of the vehicle as well as low wear on wheels and rails. For us, this is the ideal combination that will allow us to satisfy customer needs and economic efficiency in the best possible way,” BLT Director Andreas Büttiker said.
The Tina trams will be supplied with an integrated collision warning system, as on the Waldenburg railway and will be pre-equipped to allow the subsequent installation of sliding steps on all double doors.
With this order, Stadler has sold 50 latest-generation trams within a very short time. HEAG mobile, the Darmstadt-based tram operator (in Hesse, Germany) ordered 14 Tina trams in January 2020 before exercising an option for a further 11 vehicles in July 2021.