GVB Grazer Verkehrsbetriebe is preparing the next tender for 15 low-floor tramways. Bombardier, already supplier of the first 18 low-floor trams of the „Cityrunner“ model in Graz in 2000-2001, send one of its „Flexity“ trams of the most recent deliveries to Vienna for testing to Austria’s second biggest city Graz. Tramway number C 306 arrived at depot Steyrergasse on 15 October and is already undergoing test rides on the entire network. The tramway received adhesive film in green color which resembles the former Graz livery used on the tram cars several years ago.
It will be interesting to see if other suppliers will also send vehicles for test purposes to Graz.
The rolling stock of Graz’ tram currently consists in the following vehicles:
- 10 GT8 (1 vehicle out of service), Simmering-Graz-Pauker AG, licence of the DÜWAG type Mannheim, built in 1978
- 12 GT8NF, built in 1986/87, Siemens Graz-Pauker, fitted with low-floor centre sections in 1999 by Bombardier
- 18 Cityrunner (later Flexity Outlook), built in 2000/2001 by Bombardier Transportation
- 45 Variotrams, built in 2009 – 2015 by Stadler