posted on 24th Jun 2022 16:20
On 24 June 2022, Rostocker Straßenbahnen AG (RSAG) and Stadler have signed a contract for the delivery of 28 TINA trams. TINA is the German acronym for „Total Integrierter Niederflur-Antrieb“ („total integrated low-floor drive“). The total order volume is 98.2 million EUR. The state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern is supporting the acquisition of the trams with 9.45 million EUR.
The three-car, fully air-conditioned bi-directional trams can accommodate 221 passengers, 75 of them seated. The vehicle is around 32 m long, and features a spacious interior, large panoramic windows and an integrated passenger information system. Four specially designed bogies guarantee the smooth running of the vehicle and also protect wheels and rails. The tram has an integrated collision warning system. Like all RSAG vehicles, the TINAs will be fitted with CCTV and on-board ticket machines.
The first trams are scheduled for delivery at the end of 2024, and in 2025, the first ones will start passenger service. The TINAs will gradually replace some of the Type 6N1 trams, which date back to 1994 - 1996 and are being phased out after around 30 years of service. Yvette Hartmann and Jan Bleis, RSAG board members, commented: „It is a great day for Rostocker Strassenbahn, and will see purchase of 28 trams, following the completion of a process lasting several years, which involved decision-making, tendering and contract award.“
RSAG will operate the TINAs on all of its six tram lines. The number of Stadler-built trams in the RSAG fleet will subsequently increase to 41 (the remaining 13 are TRAMLINKs, earlier produced by a Vossloh-Kiepe consortium and in service since 2014).