The tender, launched by Albtal Transport Company (AVG), Karlsruhe Transport Authority (VBK), Saarbahn, the State of Salzburg, the Neckar-Alb tram-train association, and Upper Austria infrastructure manager, Schiene OÖ, is intended to offer savings up to €1m on each vehicle. It includes 16 years’ maintenance with two options to extend the maintenance element by eight years.
Under the original tender published on August 11, manufacturers had until September 7 to submit an offer or a request to participate. Under the new tender published on October 13, this has now been moved back to November 11.
The project, launched in July 2017, aims to ensure the future viability of the Karlsruhe model for tram-train systems and potentially open it up to new operators.
According to the new tender, which currently lists options for up to 509 LRVs, VBK will place a firm order for 73 LRVs, with options for up to 57 additional vehicles; Saarbahn will place an order for 28 LRVs, with options for up to 21 more; Schiene OÖ will place an order for 20 LRVs, with options for up to 50 more; and the State of Salzburg will place an order for 20 LRVs, with options for up to five more.
The state-owned leasing company Baden-Württemberg State Rail Vehicle Authority (SFBW) will place an order for 105 LRVs on behalf of AVG and the Neckar-Alb tram-train association, with options for up to 130 additional LRVs. This includes a firm order for 75 LRVs for AVG, with options for up to 43 LRVs, and a firm order for 30 LRVs for Neckar-Alb, with two options for up to 57 and 30 LRVs.
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