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Halle orders 56 Stadler TINA trams

An artist’s impression of the new TINA low-floor trams for Halle. HAVAG / Stadler

The public transport undertaking in the German city of Halle (Saale), Hallesche Verkehrs-AG (HAVAG) has placed an order with Stadler for 56 air-conditioned TINA 100% low-floor trams. The contract, announced on 23 August, is valued at EUR168m and includes a 45% contribution from the state of Sachsen-Anhalt.

All double-ended, 39 of the new trams will be 30m three-section vehicles (designated MGT-M, with capacity for 166 passengers, 64 seats), and 17 will be 45m five-section units (designated MGT-XL, with 267 capacity, 96 seated). Deliveries will start in 2025.

The new fleet also promises wider doors and aisles for improved passenger flow, digital passenger information and driver assistance systems, including collision avoidance, and BIOS – a new technology developed in Halle for enhanced information and orientation for the visually-impaired.

The TINA fleet will gradually replace the DWA Bautzen/Bombardier MGT6D70% low-floor stock dating from 1996-2001 (601-660). HAVAG currently operates a total of 102 trams across a 14-line network; the new order represents the authority’s largest-ever single investment in new vehicles.

Stadler has seen increasing success in the German tram market, with TINA vehicles already ordered by Darmstadt and Rostock as well as Baselland Transport in Switzerland.