Following a recent decision by the Provincial Government of South Tyrol, not seven but a total of eight new trains will soon be acquired.
Room for more passengers, a larger bicycle compartment and more doors for faster boarding and alighting: meet the all-new Coradia Stream train. The multiple-unit sets are about to join the fleet of STA – Strutture Trasporto Alto Adige SpA/ Südtiroler Transportstrukturen AG –, replacing the original order of seven Talent-3 trains made by Bombardier.
More trains = more clean mobility
Thanks to an amendment to the original contract, which was approved by the Provincial Government as recommended by South Tyrol Minister for Mobility Daniel Alfreider in April, STA is now all set to purchase the new trains. Funding amounting to 11.8 million EUR for an additional set, bringing the total up to eight trains, was granted by the South Tyrol Government in its latest meeting held on 31 May. The purchase is financed with funds derived from the provincial budget and the Italian National Recovery and Resilience Plan (PNRR).
The Coradia Stream model with low-floor access is specifically designed for local transport. Its multi-system trains, as Mobility Minister Alfreider explained, have several advantages: “On every journey, over 25% more passengers can be transported comfortably. The new models also feature more room for bicycles and come with the latest European safety system (ETCS) already pre-installed. In addition, they can travel on three different network systems, i.e. across national borders, on regional and on high-speed lines.”
The aim, he continued, was to motivate an ever-increasing number of people to choose eco-friendly ways to travel such as trains over their cars: “Passengers are at the heart of all our efforts: Travelling by train should be comfortable and safe, which is why we focus on top quality”, Alfreider added.
Trivia: The Coradia Stream model boasts 381 seats and an output of about 3000 kilowatts, with a maximum speed of up to 160 kilometres per hour.