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Roma tramway operator ATAC has awarded a framework contract for up to 121 double-ended trams to CAF in an agreement that could be worth EUR 457M. 
An initial delivery of 40 trams is firm. The new trams will be 33.5m long with space for 215 passengers (68 seated) and will be air-conditioned. Traction batteries will permit running away from the overhead wire.  
Eugenio Patane, councillor for mobility of Roma Capital, said ‘This is a historic moment because after almost 20 years the administration is investing in buying new trams to serve new and existing lines, using the most innovative technology for more capacity and better performance’. 
The 31km tram system in the Italian capital operates six lines; a 450m extension to Piazza Venezia was opened in 2013. It is still operating about 50 Urbinati articulated cars dating from 1947-49. SOCIMI delivered 40 low-floor trams in 1990/91 and Fiat 52 Cityway in 1997/8. 
Four new lines are planned to augment the current system. 
The last new trams for Roma were Fiat Cityway. (M. mannheimer
The last new trams for Roma were Fiat Cityway. (M. Mannheimer) 
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