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Izmir chooses Hyundai Rotem low-floor trams

Credit: Hyundai Rotem

The two new tramlines being built in the Turkish port city of Izmir will be equipped with 38 low-floor cars from Hyundai Rotem, which has an assembly plant for railway vehicles at Adapazari in Turkey. They will have hybrid drives to permit operation without overhead wire in some areas.

The contract is worth USD81.2m and delivery is scheduled for 2015-16. Hyundai Rotem supplied 36 LRVs to the Turkish city of Adana in 2001.

Izmir has two separate tramlines under construction, of 9.7km (six miles) and 12.6km (7.8 miles) respectively; they 
will be linked by a ferry service across the bay. The city has signed a EUR165m financing agreement with the French development agency to permit construction. Izmir had a first-generation tramway from 1890 to 1960. The city has also operated a light rail metro system since 2000, mostly in tunnel.