Passenger Service opens in Turin
Posted on 12th September 2023 at 15:06
Passenger services on new trams manufactured by Hitachi Rail have begun running in the city of Turin.
The initial fleet of 30 is part of a bigger contract spanning 70 vehicles as signed between the city and Gruppo Torinese Trasporti (GTT) back in Spring 2020.
The trams which are being made in the Hitachi factory in Naples, can travel up to 60km an hour and carry 218 passengers.
The new vehicles have been designed with comfort and mobility in mind thorough the use of air-conditioning and special areas for wheelchairs.
The new tram is an extensive evolution of Hitachi Rail’s SIRIO model, which is designed for short distances and intensive commuter journeys and is used already in suburban metro networks such as Florence, Shanghai and Zhuhai in China.
Luca D'Aquila, COO of Hitachi Rail, said: "Hitachi Rail's new trams for the city of Turin represent the evolution of the previous SIRIO model, of which hundreds have been built for cities in Italy and abroad.
“The trams incorporate new technologies and high quality standards for reliability and passenger comfort, and are designed to further encourage the use of public transport in cities. We are proud to contribute to Turin's drive to provide seamless and sustainable travel on its public transport network."
The new trams are expected to make a significant contribution to improving public transport in Turin. The tram network currently has 10 routes covering 88km of the city’s urban and suburban areas.
Hitachi new trams enter passenger service in Turin (Hitachi Rail)
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