Škoda Group to deliver 15 more trams for Brno City Transport Company

ForCity Smart 45T tram Michal Gregor, Wikimedia

The tram fleet of Brno, Czech Republic, is set to undergo a significant modernization as the outdated KT8 trams from the 1980s and 1990s are to be replaced by 15 ForCity Smart 45T trams. These new trams are being procured by the Brno City Transport Company (DPMB) from the manufacturer, Škoda Group, utilising a partial option within the existing contract.

Each tram is priced at CZK 75 million (about 3 million euros), resulting in a total order value of CZK 1.125 billion (about 46 million euros). The initial batch of five trams is expected to arrive in Brno next year, with the remaining ten slated for delivery in 2025. Additionally, DPMB retains the option to order an additional twenty trams of the same model.

“The ForCity Smart 45T trams are a valuable addition to our tram fleet, meeting all the modern requirements for 21st-century vehicles and garnering positive feedback from our passengers. The first five trams in Brno primarily serve the Lišně to University Campus line, both of which have terminal stops, making full use of the bi-directional capabilities of these trams. The upcoming trams will also be deployed on this line,” elaborated Miloš Havránek, Managing Director of the Brno City Transport Company.

Tram design

The ForCity Smart 45T tram represents a cutting-edge, bi-directional, low-floor, three-part vehicle featuring a swivelling chassis. Its exceptional traction ensures reliable driving performance, even in challenging weather conditions. With a length of 31 metres, this tram provides a comfortable transportation solution for up to 233 passengers, including 64 seated passengers. It boasts a maximum operating speed of 70 km/h and comes equipped with air conditioning. Furthermore, the tram features two spacious, multifunctional areas designed to accommodate wheelchairs, strollers, or bicycles. The inclusion of a modern and intuitive information system with screens and panels enhances the passenger experience, while a comprehensive camera system ensures safety.

Inside the tram, passengers can enjoy a spacious and air-conditioned interior, complete with stainless steel handrails, large LCD information displays, and USB chargers. Additionally, the tram is equipped with the RIS2 control and information system and EOC2 validators. To facilitate the transportation of multiple wheelchair users, the tram is equipped with four tilting platforms. The vehicle also boasts an advanced camera system, both internally and externally, along with partially tinted side windows.

The redesigned driver’s cabin places an emphasis on simplicity and excellent visibility, with controls integrated into the driver’s seat. Heated windshields and daytime running lights are also included for added convenience. Notably, the tram’s electrical system allows for regeneration, enabling the return of electricity to the grid during braking, thus reducing the overall energy consumption of the vehicle and, consequently, operating costs.

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Author: Emma Dailey

Emma Dailey is an editor at RailTech.com and RailTech.be.

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