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On 2 February an EUR 68.4M contract was signed between Graz-Holding (the city-owned tramway operator) and Alstom Transport Austria GmbH for the delivery and maintenance of 15 three-section 33.8m Flexity trams with delivery from 2025. 
The new trams will carry up to 200 passengers (60 seated), a 30% increase in capacity compared with existing models. The contract incudes an option for up to 40 more trams. 
The 33.8m three-section trams will offer two wheelchair spaces and a step-free interior. They are based on the type already delivered to the Austrian capital Wien (Vienna) and represent part of a EUR 68M investment by the city in its tramways, that includes extensions to two lines, double-tracking and an alternative route through the city centre. 
Deputy mayor Judith Schwentner said, ‘The purchase of new trams is another milestone for public transport in Graz. The people of the city will benefit from significantly better times in the future, with ultra-modern barrier-free new trams.' 
The city of Graz (population 283 800) is the capital of the province of Styria and has enjoyed tram transport since 1878 (electric trams from 1898). About 52M passengers/year are carried on six lines totalling 67.2km with 85 trams, including 45 Stadler Variobahn low-floor cars. 
Impression of the Graz Alstom Flexity. (Döllmann Design) 
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