Hungarian passenger operator, MÁV-START Zrt., signed the contract with Stadler for the supply of eight bi-mode tram-train vehicles, with an option for an additional four units, in May 2017. The new vehicles, which will connect without transhipments the tram networks of Szeged and Hódmezövásárhely, are going to be the first tram-trains in Hungary.
The objective of the project is to provide a high quality public transportation system for passengers commuting every day between the two cities. The first batch consists of, altogether, eight units, which will be followed by a second lot of an additional four trains, which the customer, MÁV-START, ordered in 2020 as an option to the base contract.
The bi-directional and bi-mode Citylink vehicles are able to operate in electric mode under 600V DC overhead on the tram networks in Szeged and Hódmezövásárhely, and in diesel mode on the mainline connecting both cities at a top speed of 100km/h.
The new tram-trains have a capacity to carry 216 passengers, out of which 92 can be seated. The universal and accessible vehicles have been designed according to the latest safety standards. The vehicles are low-floor throughout and barrier-free.
A spacious interior with a high number of seats and four multi-purpose places for persons of limited mobility – such as wheelchair users and parents with prams – full HVAC, CCTV and passenger information systems (PIS) are all features that will optimise the passenger travel experience.