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Old July 24th, 2012, 08:12 AM   #381
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Old August 13th, 2012, 11:09 PM   #382
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Another contingent of trams donated by the Swiss city of Basel is on its way to Belgrade ...






Meanwhile, twenty four trams built by Spanish manufacturer CAF have been delivered - the remaining six will arrive over the next few months:





There are plans to order about 50 more of these trams, if funding is found.
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Old August 23rd, 2012, 08:41 PM   #383
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Seemingly good news for Belgrade's recently revamped commuter railway network, BG:Voz - currently consisting of a single line and nine stations, with a train frequency of 15 minutes during rush hour and 30 minutes at all other times - new loans have been approved that cound eventually see the network significantly expanded:

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Serbia to Start Railroad Upgrades With Russian Loan by Year-End
By Misha Savic - Aug 21, 2012 1:00 PM ET

Serbia’s first railroad project funded by an $800 million loan from Russia is to begin in the fourth quarter after years of negotiations, the state-owned rail company said.

Rebuilding a 15-kilometer (9-mile) stretch from Belgrade to Pancevo will be the first among five projects for which Russia pledged support, Zeleznice Srbije said in an e-mailed statement. The financing was initially agreed on by the two country’s presidents in 2009.


Contracts for reconstruction of six sections totaling 111 kilometers along Serbia’s main north-south route, and for purchasing Russian-made rolling stock will be signed by the end of the year, the company said, after a meeting in Belgrade with Alexander Saltanovi, Vice-President of Russian Railways, or RZD.

Under a framework agreement signed in Moscow in March, Zarubezhstroytechnology, an engineering and construction unit of RZD, will be the main contractor, while 30 percent of materials and work will be supplied by Serbian companies.

The loan will cover 85 percent of the cost of all five projects, which also include building a 68-kilometer railway between Valjevo and Loznica in western Serbia, and the overhaul of the rail link between Belgrade and Montenegro.

In addition to the Russian loan, a similar line of credit from European Bank for Reconstruction & Devolopment (EBRD) will finance necessary overhaul of
Beograd Centar - Rakovica - Resnik railway line, about 14km in length. Currently, passenger services to Pancevo and Resnik are operated by the older & much less reliable Beovoz service.

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Old August 23rd, 2012, 09:01 PM   #384
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Some fresh images of the few centrally-located stations of Belgrade's commuter rail network:


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Beograd - Centar:












Novi Beograd:

















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Old September 4th, 2012, 04:54 PM   #385
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Tender for first batch of the planned new 400 buses for city's public transport firm...

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Serbia's public transport operator GSP Beograd seeks supplier of 180 city buses

IntelliNews - 04.09.2012
Belgrade's public transport operator Gradsko Saobracajno Preduzece Beograd (GSP Beograd) has launched an invitation seeking the procurement of 180 new low-floor articulated city buses, the EBRD said in a statement. The purchase will be finance via the proceedings of an EBRD loan. The Bank said in July it was considering lending GSP Beograd up to EUR 65mn for the modernisation of part of its bus fleet. Firms from any country are now invited to respond to the procurement invitation by the October 18 deadline. Eligible bidders should have produced and delivered 400 buses in the past five years as a supplier in at least three contracts, worth a minimum of EUR 15mn each. Bidders should also demonstrate access to liquid assets of at least EUR 5mn other than advance payments under the contract. They should have as well generated average annual turnovers of over EUR 20mn in the past five years.

The procured buses should be supplied within 30 weeks after the advance payment receipt. The EUR 65mn EBR loan would be used to finance the purchase of 280 low-floor busses and 120 new CNG buses (compressed natural gas-powered buses). The city of Belgrade and commercial banks will provide the remaining financing towards the EUR 130.5mn project. It aims to increase the urban transport's energy efficiency by reducing CO2 emissions, and to keep the public transport share in Belgrade at a minimum of 55% despite the rise in private car ownership.

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Old September 9th, 2012, 08:10 AM   #386
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Is there a first phase under the current plan for the proposed Belgrade Metro? Or any other successive phases to be built later if demand and funding warrants them? (I hope the current prposal does not get dropped again, various proposals since the late 1950s have been dropped.)
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Old September 9th, 2012, 10:42 AM   #387
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It’s all just hot air. No contract for metro construction has been signed and nobody knows when or if it will ever be signed.
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Old September 9th, 2012, 03:03 PM   #388
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Great, now Belgrade will forever be stuck without a metro system.
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Old September 9th, 2012, 05:08 PM   #389
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What's the impression of the new CAF trams in Belgrade? My town's getting a few starting next year, so I'm wondering what Beograd-ians like/dislike about 'em.
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The thing I like the most about the new tram is the noise insulation. You can barely hear it running. Sitting by the window is like watching a muted TV.
You can see they’ve made a big effort designing it. It looks very attractive, both the exterior and the interior.
The thing I dislike the most is narrowness of the tram, the passages and the seats just aren’t wide enough. But that’s not the manufacturers fault, it’s simply our metric gauge that doesn’t allow wider trams and unfortunately we’re stuck with our narrow tracks.
The other thing I dislike is the seats upholstery fabric, it is very sensitive and require almost dry cleaning like maintenance. The transport company doesn’t do that kind of delicate maintenance so the upholstery is already getting stains on it. In my opinion, they should have ordered plain plastic seats, they are much easier to clean.
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Fabric seats is something we already have up here in all public transit vehicles, so will at least not be a new problem for us. The gauge is Standard, so nemas problemas.

I really like what I'm hearing about the noise level and attractive design. thanks.
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Old October 23rd, 2012, 06:10 PM   #392
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Some development regarding the planned purchase of 400 new buses for the city's main public transport firm - the bids for the first 180 articulated buses, expected to be on the streets by Spring 2013, are now in - prices are in euros:

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- 41.400.000, not including VAT – „Ašok Lejland” (India)
- 54.006.196 – „Iveko Irisbus” (Czech Republic)
- 57.562.954,73 – „Solaris” (Poland)
- 60.409.895,12 – „Man” (Germany)
- 62.994.231, 59 – „Volvo bus corp.” (Sweden)

Two other firms have also placed their bids but failed to indicate their price:

„Ikarbus” (Serbia)
„GAZ Group” (Russia)
Following an evaluation, decision will be made in the coming days/weeks and it has been said that the lowest bid will not necessarily be the winning bid.


Meanwhile, local manufacturer Ikarbus is readying a contingent of 32 new articulated buses - they will be delivered sometime towards the end of the year and are not part of this 400 bus order:

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Old November 7th, 2012, 06:13 AM   #393
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Triumvirate of Belgrade's public transport network....trams, buses, trolleys:

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Old November 8th, 2012, 02:56 PM   #394
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Old November 8th, 2012, 06:41 PM   #395
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I like how those beautiful Belarussian trolleybuses are rolling around Belgrade.
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Old November 11th, 2012, 09:55 PM   #396
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New development concerning construction of metro in Belgrade...Google-translated:

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Friday, 09 novembar 2012th

The first step towards Belgrade subway


A study of the general concept of Belgrade metro system was adopted at today's session of the City.Mayor Dragan Djilas, said that the first concept of the Belgrade metro light rail system, but the city government in Belgrade decided that this model is not sufficient and that the city has to obtain an independent rail system.

Subway-even on a single site will not intersect with the road traffic. "Alstom" is one of the largest companies that are engaged in this field and it will negotiate with the public, and the price that is offered we compare with other prices. There will be no room for corruption and abuse of any kind.

Price Metro will depend on whether it is above or below ground and how many stops, and the construction work is concerned, it is a huge project and he deserves to call an international tender - Djilas said.
According to him, the next year the city will enter into the study of the second metro line.

- The construction of the subway will only join if you get funding. It is clear that Belgrade during the crisis, with a budget of 600 million, there is no possibility that the city metro, but we expect to exit the crisis and that we negotiate with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the European Investment Bank, and everyone else who are willing to offer favorable loans with great grace period.

Aleksandar Antic recalled that the controversy surrounding the metro in Belgrade to take more than 40 years, and it is quite logical to expect that it still continues.

- One thing is no doubt that our country signed a treaty with France, which is one of the points of mutual relationship and partnership in the construction of the metro. Today we are at the first step in this great work. The study provides guidelines to the development of the plan of the first metro line. We are constantly going back and leads that we are at a disadvantage compared to the major European cities, and so despite the serious discussion, we simply have to move forward - Antic said.

According to the city architect Dejan Vasovic, which studies a donation entrusted to the French government "Ežis Rail", is the first stage and the second stage is the preliminary design of the first metro line. The study was designed in six sections: the first documents were adopted by the Assembly of Belgrade, the second postojeg traffic analysis and trends of development and configuration of the subway network. There have been analyzed previously proposed solutions, along with their confirmation or correction.

- The study defined three lines of Belgrade metro as a concept, and the first connecting the east and west of the city, or from Zemun to Konjarnik. Another line connects the south and north of the city center Orlovaca continue to Kara and the third is the connection between the south and the east, it is Čukarice and New Belgrade and Zemun. One of the most important requirements was that the metro is fully independent of the other systems of transportation in Belgrade - Vasovic said.

According to him, the first subway line should be 14 km long and the total length of the entire 41 kilometer underground. Metro network would exercise public transport, and it would accommodate all the other forms. The study proposes a subway station and made a traffic modeling in passenger numbers, which showed that the maximum capacity of this system of 18,000 passengers in peak hour with vehicles up to 70 meters, and even 24,000 in peak hour with vehicles of 90 meters. According to all the studies, when all three lines are made up as we have in some stations will be about 12,500 passengers.
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Some news:

- After some initial political bickering, Belgrade city council has approved the taking out of a loan from EBRD and purchase of 400 new buses for the city's public transport firm.
Procurement process for the first batch of 180 buses is already underway and early rumours point to Polish Solaris as preferred manufacturer. Provided the order is concluded in a timely fashion, these buses are expected to be on city streets by Spring 2013.

- City of Belgrade has announced they have chosen the contractors to carry out addition of a new rail station to the existing line of Belgrade's commuter rail system, BG:Voz.
Kamendin station, the first of two planned new stations, will be located between Batajnica & Zemun Polje stations:




- Reconstruction of Belgrade's tram network is set to continue, with work on Vojvoda Stepa street scheduled to begin middle of next year.







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Old November 22nd, 2012, 09:54 PM   #398
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Great news for Belgrade!
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Old November 24th, 2012, 07:27 PM   #399
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Some nice, fresh footage of various Belgrade trams...




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Due to heavy snowfall Belgrade trams got accessorized.



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