ForCity Smart Artic X54 light rail
In summer 2021, you could witness a new light rail carriage in the inner city traffic when the ForCity Smart Artic X54 carriage was being tested. Experiences of the prototype carriage will be used as a reference when finalising the solutions on serially produced carriages. Passengers also got to see the new light rail carriage.
The first 29 carriages supplied by Škoda Transtech will be used on the light rail line 550 once the Jokeri Light Rail is completed. We have also ordered 23 similar carriages for the needs of the Crown Bridges Light Rail.
ForCity Smart Artic X54 is the first carriage produced for the upcoming light rail traffic in the Metropolitan Area. The carriages are two-way, which means they have control cabins at both ends and doors on both sides. The carriages are also 34 metres long, and they can be extended later by about 10 metres. The floor of the light rail carriage is at the same level as the stop platforms, and there are no steps inside the carriage. In the inner city, the light rail lines run on the same tracks as the existing trams.
The first light rail carriage is a prototype, which we tested in the inner city tram network from summer 2021 to early winter 2022. Experiences of the prototype carriage will be used as a reference when finalising the solutions on serially produced carriages. At this point, passengers also got to see the new light rail carriage.
The light rail carriages are designed so that they suit the Helsinki rail network, which is quite challenging in places. Furthermore, in terms of operating and maintenance, the carriages are compatible with the Artic carriages in the inner city as far as possible. The carriages are eco-friendly, energy-efficient, modifiable and accessible. Their maintenance costs are also low.
An essential new mobility solution
The first 29 carriages supplied by Škoda Transtech will be used on the light rail line 550 once the Jokeri Light Rail is completed. We have also ordered 23 similar carriages, named ForCity Smart Artic X54, for the needs of the Crown Bridges Light Rail.
The light rail line will be an essential new mobility solution in the Helsinki region. In addition to Light Rail Line 550 and the Crown Bridges connection in Laajasalo, light rail vehicles will also run along the light rail line on Vihdintie between Helsinki city centre and Kannelmäki in the 2020s.
- 100% low-floor
- Freely pivoting bogies
- Designed for the challenging rail network in Helsinki
- The materials are well-suited for the cold and straining operating environment
- 5–7 modules directed by the control mechanism
- Modular movement
- The 100% low-floor middle section ensures accessibility
- quick and easy daily maintenance and repair
Most trams running in Helsinki traffic are of the Artic type, of which there are 60 in total. Two carriages from the pre-series were delivered for testing in Helsinki in 2013, and the first serially produced tram arrived in Helsinki in January 2016.
The Artic tram has been specifically designed to meet the requirements of Helsinki’s tram network and the Nordic climate.
The trams in service are mainly Finnish articulated trams manufactured by Valmet and Strömberg (MLNRV I and MLNRV II). There are a total of 52 of these.
The maintenance unit manages the majority of everyday tram maintenance and repairs. However, external subcontractors are also used for tram repairs. In addition to maintenance, trams are also upgraded and renovated. For example, a low-floor middle section has been installed in all of the articulated trams.