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Frankfurt wants 60 new trams from Bombardier; Kassel goes to Alstom

The municipal transport company of Frankfurt-am-Main has announced it will replace its remaining high-floor street trams with 60 new cars from Bombardier in 2003-7, in a contract valued at DEM 224 million. The double-ended trams, 30 m long and 2.4 m wide, will have a 70% low-floor section.

Kassel seems set to place the first order for the Alstom Citadis 500, the dual-voltage 'tram-train' version of the company's low-floor tram design. Kassel wants eight cars equipped for 750 V dc / 15 kV ac to inaugurate Regiotram service in 2003. There is an option for 10 more cars with diesel-electric drive. It is understood that Kassel, Bremen and Rostock have formed a consortium to acquire dual-voltage cars, and the Kassel order may be the precursor of further success for Alstom with this design. Karlsruhe is also looking for a completely new design for its next dual-voltage car order.

5 December 2001

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