posted on 24th Aug 2022 09:29
On 23 August 2022, Stadler and HAVAG (Hallesche Verkehrs-AG, part of Stadtwerke Halle-Gruppe), concluded a contract for 56 TINA trams. According to the contract, the first vehicles are to be delivered in the fourth quarter of 2024, with scheduled service from the end of 2025. The bi-directional vehicles in two different lengths were ordered: 39 Type MGT-M trams will be approximately 30 m long and have space for 166 passengers, 64 of which seated, and 17 Type MGT-XL trams, 45 m long, for 267 passengers, 96 of them seated.
HAVAG chairman Vinzenz Schwarz said: „Today is a great day for our passengers - after many years of tender, decision and award processes we have signed a contract for the production and supply of 56 modern trams and we are pleased to be able to offer our passengers even more service, comfort, space and safety as of 2025. An air-conditioned passenger space, which doesn’t overheat in the warm months, quiet travel comfort, larger doorways, no steps in the entire vehicle, wider aisles, improved handholds, modern information systems and innovative driver assistance systems, including for collision warning, will be what characterise our new vehicles.”
The purchase order worth 168 million EUR is supported by the state of Saxony-Anhalt (approx. 45 %) and the city of Halle (approx. 15 %). HAVAG/Stadtwerke Halle's own share is 40 %.
It is Stadler’s fourth TINA order. The manufacturer first brought the newly developed trams onto the market at the beginning of 2020 and have already had success with four orders after just two years. Following the first order in 2020 by the HEAG Mobilo GmbH from Darmstadt, and the next ones from BLT Baselland Transport and Rostocker Strassenbahn AG (RSAG), HAVAG are now following suit with their decision to order the TINAs.
The name stands for "Total Integrierter Niederflur-Antrieb“ ("Total Integrated Low-Floor Drive”). Thanks to the latter, it was possible to design the 100 % low-floor vehicles to be much more spacious, more accessible, and more comfortable for passengers.
Particular attention was paid to passenger comfort when developing the new vehicle generation. The completely step-free, accessible vehicles have a spacious, air-conditioned interior and spacious multi-purpose areas that facilitate the comfortable transport of pushchairs and wheelchairs. Maximum headroom and panorama windows create an open plan feeling, while modern monitors provide easily legible passenger information.
All new HAVAG trams will have modern, cash-free ticket machines, a CCTV and the BIOS system, a new technology – developed in Halle – for improved information and orientation for blind and visually impaired people on public transport.
HAVAG currently has 102 trams on 14 lines in the Saale city of Halle. The new trams will be used in the entire network. The TINAs will gradually replace a large part of the type MGT6D trams in operation, which date from 1996 to 2001 and are being retired after almost 30 years of continuous service.