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Istanbul orders low-floor trams

Since the Istanbul tram line was opened in 1992 it has been operated by lightly-modified LRVs from the batch of 105 built by ABB in 1988/9 for the segregated light rail line. Now the Istanbul Transport Company has ordered the first purpose-built trams for the tramway, with an EUR 86 million contract signed with Bombardier on 27 June 2001 to deliver 55 low-floor cars based on the Köln/Croydon/Stockholm design in 2002/3. The new 30-m trams will each carry 272 passengers and feature a floor height of 350 mm at entrances. In 2003 the modified LRVs will revert to the light rail line, which is due to be extended to the airport.

30 June 2001


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