In the framework of the project was renewed the tram track line, service station and access tracks entirely and 31 new pcs low-floor trams purchased.
The full reconstruction of the whole - 9.6 km long - tram line (between the terminals: Tiszai railway station – Diósgyőr), the traffic, service station and access tracks and their accessories has taken place. The old tramline network became lengthened with 1.5 kilometers and the line between Diósgyőr Terminal and Felső-Majláth was constructed. The city tram tracks has been refurbished completely and new platforms and shelters were built. The boarding gap complies with the requirements of the act on equal opportunities – it is suitable also for people using a wheelchair and transportation of bicycles. The purchase of 31 pieces of low-flow tram vehicles - considered to be one of the most advanced vehicles in the world - took place. The new Skoda trams are 100% low-floor trams, with up-to-date passenger information system. The new vehicles have increased capacity and fed back braking energy. The power transfer structure of the company has changed, therefore were built the 5 pcs power transfers station. Vehicle service station and maintenance equipment has been refurbished . The energy regeneration system of the tram is an important element to ensure sustainability. The tram tracks was built with an advanced noise and vibration absorb systems.
The whole project budget was 112 million euros (co-funded by the EU through domestic OP).
Evidence of success
Development and renewal of a new, modern urban tram track transport.
Ensuring the equal opportunities on the new trams people for e.g. with wheelchairs, baby carriage, more comfortable and spacious vehicles for passangers. The travel time between the terminals was diminished thanks to the new track line and integrated passanger informations system.
The design of tram vehicles choosen by citizens with an online voting. On all trams available free WiFi on board.
During test run, a problem realized on the Kandó Square (Tiszai Railway-Station).The provisions of the Equality Act cannot be ensured in case of a 32.1 meter long low-floor tram. The Managing Authority approved the technical content changes and it has ensured the safe operating trams in this area.
Potential for learning or transfer
Geographical boundaries, authorities’ interests, official regulations may make compromises indispensable.
There is no sense to see mobility project as isolated developments, the “whole picture” must be kept in mind (tram line reconstruction, green city aspects, conjunctions development, information system development etc.).
Citizens forums and polls held during the project to aim important to the greater acceptance of development. The development was preceded by numerous demand surveys and passenger counts. During the investment and the construction work, a lot of information communication material and leaflets were prepared for informing the public. The citizens was engaged in proposing/choosing the outside appearance of the trams.
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