The new trains will be operated by Ceske drahy for the time being, and by a tendered carrier from 2025.
The South Moravian Region is buying 37 units from Skoda Transportation. The order was divided into 31 four-car and six two-car units. The new electric units are called Moravia (class 530 and 550 respectively), they were presented at Brno main station on Sunday.
The two-car units will start transporting passengers in trial operation in September, the first four-car units will follow at the end of the year. In spring, the trains should start running in regular service, said Skoda spokesman Jan Svehla.
The trains will be operated by Ceske drahy for the time being, and by a carrier that will emerge from a tender procedure from 2025. This was a condition for the region to obtain an 85% subsidy for the purchase of the trains. Total cost amounts to CZK 6.5 billion.
The South Moravian Region is the first in the Czech Republic where trains are owned by a local government. The handover was attended by President of the South Moravian Region Jan Grolich.
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Edited and translated by Lucie Trávníčková.