STADLER has signed a contract with Rostock light rail operator RSAG to supply 28 LRVs. The new vehicles are due to enter service in 2025.

The manufacturer says that this is the third order for its Tina (total integrated low-floor drive) design, which places the emphasis on passenger comfort.

The 32m three-section LRVs have a driver’s cab at each end are fully air-conditioned. They can each accommodate 221 passengers, with 75 seated, in a spacious interior featuring large panoramic windows.

The low-floor Tina design provides step-free access and each LRV features four multi-purpose areas with space for pushchairs and bicycles.

The new Rostock fleet will offer Wi-Fi throughout and there will be USB ports for charging mobile devices. A passenger information system will be installed, together with CCTV and an onboard ticket vending machine, as is the RSAG standard.

Under the contract, the first LRVs will be delivered at the end of 2024 and enter service across the RSAG network from 2025, replacing type 6N1 vehicles that have now seen 30 years of continuous service.

The RSAG network comprises six routes, where the existing fleet operates 3.2 million km every year.

The new order will increase number of Stadler LRVs operated by RSAG to a total of 41 vehicles.

“We are delighted to be able to offer the people of Rostock even more services and greater levels of safety from 2025, with vehicles that are environmentally friendly and feature air-conditioning systems and onboard Wi-Fi,” says RSAG board member, Ms Yvette Hartmann. “These vehicles will boast innovative driver assistance systems, including collision avoidance.”

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