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Zürich's new tram order delayed

filed on: 11.12.2009 (11th Dec 2009)

tram 2000 bucheggplatz The oldest Tram 2000s, delivered in 1976, will be 40 years old in 2016. Around that time, VBZ would like to replace the first batch (2001-45 and 2301-15) by 35 to 40 new trams (which will be longer and hence not be required to work in multiple, hence the overall reduction in numbers). Although not mentioned specifically, I am assuming the circa 15 Mirage trams likely to last until then are also covered in this replacement.

tango and tram 2000 bahnhof enge It is unlikely that the new trams will be required to be 100% low floor. The recent succesful trial of a Tango tram in Zürich showed that the public does not see high-floor areas as a disadvantage.

Planning had foreseen that the tendering process for these new trams would start this year. The newspaper, Tages Anzeiger, has been revealed that this will now definitely not be the case, but that this will be a goal for 2010. VBZ would like sufficient time to trail pre-series trams before placing a definite order.

source: Tages Anzeiger

This news item is from the 2009 newslog.

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