However, Stadler’s bid was valued at Zlotys 619.3m ($US 157.6m) or Zlotys 8.37m per unit, considerably more than MPK’s budget of Zlotys 554.73m. Nevertheless, MPK says it will now evaluate the bid.

The air-conditioned LRVs will be a minimum of 32m long and equipped with a passenger information system, ticket machines, USB ports for charging smartphones, a passenger counting system and facilities for the disabled.

Two of the new vehicles will be equipped for catenary-free operation, while the rest of the fleet will be prepared for installation of this system in the future.

MPK is due to take delivery next year of the first of 50 LRVs ordered from a consortium of Solaris (now owned by CAF) and Stadler in January 2018.

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