The municipality of Amsterdam has placed an order with Alstom Transport for 23 metro trainsets, for a total amount of around $272 million. The contract includes an option for additional metro trainsets for the North/South line which is under construction.
Part of Alstom's Metropolis range, the metros will be produced in its Valenciennes (France) and Katowice (Poland) sites. The first trainset will be delivered in the spring of 2012. All the trainsets are meant for the existing metro lines of Amsterdam, with a commercial service starting at the end of 2012.
Amsterdam's Metropolis will make access and getting around on board easier thanks to large doors, continuous low floor, extra wide chairs and gangways between the coaches. Longer length of the new metro trains (380 feet), will allow total transportation capacity to increase by approximately 50 percent.
This order forms part of a development and modernization program adopted by the municipality of Amsterdam, the City region and the operator, GVB.
"The new metro means a big quality leap for all travellers including disabled. It will further enhance the attractiveness of the metro system, which is good for the environment, the city and the region", declared the alderman Hans Gerson.