MOSCOW Metro has introduced the first of 130 Vityaz-M new-generation single-car LRVs in the north-west of Moscow, which will gradually replace high-floor Tatra-T3 trams.

The vehicles have capacity for 110 passengers, and have 18% more seats than the previous generation of LRVs. Each vehicle is equipped with USB chargers and passenger information screens.

Moscow plans to introduce the 130 single-car low-floor LRVs by 2023, including 109 in 2021. PK Transport Systems (PK TS) was awarded a contract worth Roubles 22.15bn ($US 299.5m) in September 2020 for the supply of 114 low-floor LRVs, while the Trading House STM consortium of Sinara Transport Machines (STM) and Skoda Transportation was awarded a Roubles 11bn contract in October 2020 for the supply of 90 low-floor LRVs.

Moscow Metro has taken over the management of the city’s light rail infrastructure and is seeking to increase the average speed of vehicles using the network, improve track maintenance, halve the number of repairs required and reduce maintenance costs.

“Trams are the most eco-friendly and efficient ground transport,” says deputy mayor for transport, Mr Maxim Liksutov. “They carry almost three times as many passengers per hour as buses. In accordance with the mayor’s order, we will develop the tram network in Moscow so that the tram becomes as reliable as Moscow Metro.”

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