Coimbra [PT] - Solaris wins contract
J. Lehmann - 27.04.09
Coimbra – Portugal
The public call for tenders for a new Trolleybus was won by Solaris of Poland against stiff competition from two further tenders. The criteria upon which it was decided was weighted as follows: 50% price, 40% the technical specifications and 10% terms of the guarantee. The vehicle, a type "Trollino 12" is to be delivered during 2009 and will mark the beginning of a continuing progressive renewal of the SMTCU fleet. This system, the last in Portugal, currently has 15 two axle and 1 articulated EFACE/Kiepe Trolleybuses that are around 25 years old.
Text Dirk Budach
Our photo shows Trolleybus number 54 n the depot and in the background a an English double-decker on a special. The photo was taken some 10 years ago and number 54 is now around 25 years old soon to be replaced by a fleet of Solaris Trolleybuses.
Photo: Dirk Budach