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Old October 26th, 2010, 04:52 PM   #21
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Old October 28th, 2010, 12:06 AM   #22
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Bombardier Wins Contract for 24 Low-floor FLEXITY Classic Trams in Krakow

Janusz Kucmin, Chief Country Representative of Bombardier Transportation in Poland"We are proud that MPK has decided to order trams from Bombardier for the fourth time already. With this order, the FLEXITY Classic low-floor tram fleet owned by MPK Krakow, will be increased to 74 vehicles."

The new FLEXITY Classic vehicles are 32 meters long trams with a width of 2.4 meters and offer a capacity for 229 passengers. Five wide double-door and two single-door entrances ensure a rapid passenger flow, multi-purpose areas provide space for pushchairs and wheel-chair users. Air-conditioning in the passenger compartment, as well as a passenger information system provide high travel comfort.


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Old November 4th, 2010, 01:40 PM   #25
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A new tram route is to be laid in Krakow, which will link Grzegorzeckie roundabout with the Golikowka estate. Miejskie Przedsiebiorstwo Komunikacyjne (Krakow Public Transport Company) has just announced a tender to choose a contractor. The winner of the tender will not only be responsible for building the new tramline itself, but also for an almost 1 km-long fragment of Kuklinskiego Street and an overpass over Nowohucka and Powstancow Wielkopolskich Streets. The line will be 4.2 km in length and will run from Grzegorzeckie Roundabout, via Kotlarski Bridge, Herlinga-Grudzinskiego and Klimeckiego Streets, the future Kuklinskiego Street up to Lipska and Golikowki Streets, where a new tram terminus and bus terminal will be built. The tender will be settled in November and the investment itself, which will require an estimated budget of PLN 387m (€95m) net, will take19 months to complete from the day a contract is signed with the contractor.




















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Old November 10th, 2010, 01:52 AM   #29
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congratulations - thx for these wonderful pix!
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Beautiful pictures, visited Krakov several years ago and fell in love with it, and its great to see the construction is keeping it in such beautiful shape.
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I like these trams! Especially the Bombardier ones. Are there any plans for Krakow to have a metro?
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Old November 30th, 2010, 06:11 PM   #38
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I like these trams! Especially the Bombardier ones. Are there any plans for Krakow to have a metro?

Krakow still dreaming of a subway

As many Krakowovians will testify, Krakow needs a subway. After nearly two decades, the ‘on again, off again’ dream of a subway system for Krakow is looking more possible and real than ever before. Stanislaw Albricht, CEO of Altrans has disclosed his company has prepared a feasibility study of a proposed subway system for the city.

Recently at a conference in Krakow, councilors and municipal officials had the opportunity to see the results of the year long feasibility study by Altransu, for which the city paid close to half a million zlotys. Stanislaw Albricht presented four options for the development of the underground network. The construction of the cheapest option will cost at least 11 billion zloty, and the most the expensive - up to 15 billion. All four variations have one thing in common: their implementation starts from the construction of two tunnels under the very center of the city. In addition, an underground network of tunnels will be easy to integrate into the Cracow tram network, because they will be compatible with the current hardware. The first stage is the construction of two tunnels under the old city which would be completed in approx. five years. Further development past this stage would depend on whether Krakow has adequate financial resources. The first stage is likely to cost "only" 2.5 billion, an enormous amount of money, but an investment in the cities future.
Implementation of the project now depends on the will of the councilors. If they decide to go ahead with the project, the next step will be geological surveys, which can accurately estimate the construction costs of each of the options of the proposed subway. However, this is not the first time someone has designed an underground network for Cracow. An earlier subway plan by the city authorities was withdrawn, in the early 90s. The argument then was that Krakow was too small to justify such an enormous expenditure on the development of a subway. It was a time of intense transition and exit from near economic collapse. So the proposal was scrapped because of the then very limited financial capacity of the city.
In fact, the first vision of a subway system for Krakow was declared in 1965. It was to be integrated into the construction of a roundabout route linking the Main train station from the Mogilskie roundabout, Bishop Street and Karmelicka. The Tram tunnel was to be dug by opencast. However as this proposal included demolishing several buildings, the project quickly collapsed.
In the mid-80s Krakow officials referred to their German counterparts in Nuremberg, where the lines run under the city. German specialists considered that Krakow should immediately invest in a subway, instead of fast tram lines. An interesting point is that studies in the second half of the 90s showed that the construction of the street car rapid mile line, cost almost as much as a mile of underground line. The analysis of passenger traffic also showed that with the current system the busiest routes in Krakow will not move more than 8 thousand people per hour. This is only half the passengers needed to build subway lines were profitable financially.
The Altransu proposal differs from the concept of the underground 20 years ago. The study does not center on the construction of a classical central station in Krakow, but the construction of a system of tunnels. Most importantly, according to the designers the first stage, consisting of two tunnels, valued at 2.5 billion zlotys, may begin - in the most optimistic version of events - in 2014 and will last only five years. Unfortunately 15 billion zlotys, or even 11 billion is too much for Cracow, Phase I costing 2.5 billion is possible. Part of the cost of such an investment would be covered perhaps by the European Union, and the remainder by the government.

So once again things come down to money. There is no doubt that, even if the draft prepared by Altrans is resistant to the arguments of the opposition, the fundamental problem, present from the beginning of the dream of a subway in Krakow, will be money. The optimistic vision, which has emerged from the study has in no way settled the matter and before anyone takes the courageous decision to launch a station in Krakow, there will still be much discussion and analysis. What is the answer for Krakow’s subway system? The answer my friend is blowing in the wind.


Option A: The three lines with a length of 51.5 kilometers (variant A). 60 metro stations would cover almost all of Krakow




Option B: three lines with a length of 53.5 kilometers (B)




Options C and D (present on one of the map) have the greatest chance of success. Here the construction of only two lines, but they would cost about 10.6 billion. The length of the line about 36 km and 43 (C) or 39 (D) Station



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