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1 Aug 2017

Stadler Minsk rolls out first batch of Metelitsa trams for St Petersburg

CEO of Stadler Minsk Philipp BrunnerFANIPOL, 1 August (BelTA) - Stadler Minsk rolled out the first batch of trams Metelitsa for St. Petersburg, BelTA has learned.

According to CEO of Stadler Minsk Philipp Brunner, the first batch of six Metelitsa trams (В85600М model) branded by the customer as Chizhik has been made for Transport Concessions Company in St. Petersburg. The vehicles are 33.45 meters long, have seats for 66 passengers, and have a total capacity of 370 passengers.

The vehicles are bidirectional and equipped with eight electric engines, CCTV, 220v electrical outlets, USB connectors, and Wi-Fi.

Stadler Minsk rolls out first batch of Metelitsa trams for St PetersburgThe contract between Stadler Minsk and Transport Concessions Company provides for the delivery of 23 Metelitsa trams to St. Petersburg. Deliveries will be carried out in three stages. The first six trams will be delivered by 1 November, three more before the end of 2017, and another 14 in 2018. The parties did not disclose the sum of the contract, but stressed that the cooperation is mutually beneficial.

Deputy Chief Engineer of Transport Concession Company Nikolai Petrov said that the company is developing the fast tram project under a 30-year BOT agreement with the city administration of St. Petersburg. This is the first tram line project for Russia.

Stadler Minsk rolls out first batch of Metelitsa trams for St Petersburg“Our concession project is important for St. Petersburg, because instead of reducing the tram traffic and removing tram tracks we begin the construction of modern tram networks. We will build a new tram line and a new tram depot as part of the project,” Nikolai Petrov noted. According to him, Krasnogvardeysky District has been selected as it does not have direct access to the metro system, and its public transport system is overloaded. Belarusian-made trams will help improve the passenger service and connect the neighborhood to the metro station Ladozhsky Vokzal.

Belarus-made trams for Saint PetersburgLocated in the town of Fanipol near Minsk, Stadler Minsk is a resident company of FEZ Minsk and is part of the Swiss Stadler Rail Group. The factory produces trams for broad-gauge rail networks of the CIS countries.

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