The Prague Transport Company (DPP) is set to purchase as many as 200 unidirectional articulated trams, the Škoda ForCity Plus, for 16.6 billion CZK. Škoda Transportation, the supplier of the low-floor vehicles, emerged triumphant in a competitive tendering process. To begin with, DPP will place a firm order for 40 trams, with the first batch of 20 expected to arrive in the capital by 2025.
The head of DPP’s press department, Daniel Šabík, shared this noteworthy procurement development. He revealed that the agreement with the supplier will be signed after a 15-day period during which bidders can lodge objections has elapsed.
Notably, the public contract also included accessories. This encompasses support and development of vehicle software functions, the provision of a software license for tram fault diagnostics, technical vehicle documentation, DPP employee training, and ten spare parts.
The company will announce the exact appearance of the trams after the objection above period has passed. DPP evaluated the vehicles on various parameters, including the presence of electromagnetic brakes, eco-friendly coolant in the air conditioning, a wheel diameter of no less than 640 millimeters, and the vehicle’s capacity and weight.
The transport company received two correctly submitted final bids in the tendering process. In addition to the tender winner, Stadler also applied with a vehicle codenamed Stadler Tango NG Prague, raising a proposal for approximately 17.77 billion crowns.
Currently, DPP has around 800 trams, with approximately half of the vehicles being low-floor. With nearly 11,000 employees, DPP is the largest city company responsible for operating public transport. The trams serve 35 lines. In the past, DPP purchased 15T For City trams from Škoda Transportation.