"Before commencing passenger services, we carried out extensive tests, as we make no compromise when it comes to safety. I am very satisfied with the results, and very proud of our employees for their hard work and dedication. I would like to thank the metropolitan region of Rotterdam The Hague (MRDH) and all the local authorities involved for making this step forward possible. I would also like to take the opportunity to express my appreciation to the manufacturer, Siemens, for having achieved these results. Siemens has built the trams according to our requirements and wishes – and it is now time for our passengers to take over," says Jaap Bierman, CEO of HTM.
"The Hague is the second city to operate passenger services with our trams. The test runs have already shown that the Avenio is well-equipped for this city's tram network, which is in service more than 150 years. By virtue of its exceptionally smooth and quiet operating profile, it is ultimately passengers who will benefit the most from the Avenio," adds Sandra Gott-Karlbauer, CEO of Urban Transport at Siemens.
The Hague is carrying out extensive structural work along the lines to enable operation of the new low-floor trams, with tracks being renewed and all stops to receive new, specially adapted tram platforms. More than half of the tracks and stops have already been converted to accommodate the new trams.
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