PUBLIC transport operator Stuttgart Tramways (SSB) has ordered 40 LRVs from Stadler, with options to acquire up to 30 more.

The two-car S-DT8.16 LRVs are equipped with a cab at each end for bi-directional operation and feature high floors to match platforms on the SSB network. The step-free LRVs are 40m long and 2.65m wide, and are able to accommodate over 250 passengers.

The passenger saloon will be bright and spacious, Stadler says, with four doors per side to ensure optimum passenger flow.

The S-DT8.16 also offers improved energy efficiency compared with previous LRV builds. Construction will make use of environmentally-friendly materials, according to the manufacturer.

The new fleet will take to 100 the number of LRVs supplied to Stuttgart by Stadler, which has also built three rack-and-pinion vehicles for SSB Line 10 from Marienplatz to Degerloch.

“Stadler is already familiar with the demands and requirements of SSB and its passengers,” says SSB technical director, Mr Thomas Moser.

"We are very pleased to be able to continue our consistently good and cooperative collaboration with SSB with the new supply contract,” says Mr Jure Mikolčić, CEO of Stadler Germany.

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