Relieving congestion in Sofia’s streetsSofia is not only the capital of Bulgaria, it is also the economic center of the country. Nearly one sixth of the population lives here – more than 1.25 million residents. Some of the challenges facing the city include overcrowding on public transportation as well as significant traffic congestion on major roads.
To improve the air quality and adapt the inner-city transportation services to meet the growing demand, underground projects are planned and are already being implemented. This includes a new third metro line. It will extend 18 kilometers through Sofia as an east-west link serving 18 stations, running both at ground level as well as underground.
In September 2015, the operator of Bulgaria’s Sofia Metro, MEAD, awarded an order to Siemens AG to supply 20 metro trains. The order included the option for an additional 10 trains, which had been ordered in February 2019.
The Inspiro for Metro SofiaThe Inspiro trains meet all requirements, including with regard to sustainability: The Inspiro platform was developed with a special emphasis on low energy consumption, optimized maintenance, disabled friendliness, and environmental considerations. At the end of its service life, up to 95 percent of the rolling stock can be recycled. The driver’s cabin and passenger area are air-conditioned for maximum comfort. The pleasant, bright design of the interior area creates a subjective sense of safety and guarantees a pleasant ride. The three-car trains are manufactured in collaboration with partner Newag SA and are intended for use on the new Line 3. The trains are expected to go into operation starting in 2020.
Highlights of the metro trains for Bulgaria’s capital
- Modern passenger comfort – thanks to air conditioning in the passenger area via two air-conditioning units per car
- High availability – through high redundancy in the drive and braking system
- Low energy consumption – thanks to a lightweight aluminum design with weight-saving cork-aluminum flooring and LED lighting