May 26, 2021: Taganrog and "Sinara - Transport Machines" signed a concession agreement stipulating the establishment of a new streetcar system and procurement of trams for Taganrog. The documents were signed by Yevgeni Vasiliev representing "Sinara" and Taganrog City Manager Andrei Lisitsky.
The large-scale modernization project involves work on existing and new infrastructure as well as procurement of vehicles for all streetcar lines. Namely, 45 km of the tramways will be fully re-built, and 60 new streetcars will be provided. New single-section low-floor trams with modern equipment are being developed exclusively for Taganrog. These streetcars will be equipped with information and referral systems for disabled persons.
"Sinara - Urban Transport Solutions Taganrog", the local department of "Sinara - Transport Machines", is to overhaul the tram depot, traction substations, and the dispatch office. Moreover, "Sinara" will re-construct 80 tram stations, providing them with electronic information boards and video surveillance systems.
According to Yevgeni Vasiliev, the agreement is a unique example of the implementation of tram concession agreements. "Taganrog is the first Russian city that signed a tram concession on full infrastructure modernization, not a partial one", he said.
"These agreements are a significant event for Taganrog. The local tram line was opened in 1932. It is important for us not only to preserve this mode of transport, but to upgrade it for residents and visitors. The image of Taganrog will change for the better as soon as the tram infrastructure does. That would help to attract even more tourists", Andrei Lisitsky said.
The project is to be undertaken in two phases. The first one will be finished by the end of 2021 when three traction substations, the dispatch office, and a section of the tramways are refurbished. The second phase will be finished by September 2022. At that time, the entire work under the concession agreements will be completed.