TCC was chosen for the contract by the boards of light rail operator Metro do Porto and bus company STCP, which operate under the Portuguese Ministry of Finance. The contract will now be sent to the government, which will issue the final authorisation.

The 67km Porto light rail network comprises six lines and serves 81 stations with a fleet of 102 LRVs. Last year the network carried around 56 million passengers.

The only other bidder for the contract, a consortium of Britain's National Express and its Spanish long-distance bus subsidiary Alsa, was excluded from the competition because it submitted its bid after the December 30 deadline.