Network and Infrastructures
The tram network has 48 stops of which three, the ones in «SYNTAGMA», «SEF» and «ASKLIPIO VOULAS» are terminal stations. In 16 of those that passenger platforms are located in the center, in 30 of those the platforms are on the side while at «SEF» and in «ASKLIPIO VOULAS» there are two central ones.
Each stop is equipped with seats and overhead covers for the waiting areas, a visual and speaker type of information system, ticket issuance and validation machines, housing for the electronic equipment, announcement boards with informative material (i.e. maps), a clock, waste disposal containers, lighting and closed circuit tv.
An electronic system for informing the passengers is installed which generates electronic announcements from the speakers in addition to digital screens which indicate the exact time of arrival of the tram, delays or changes in the routes as well as other information. There is also an emergency telephone which is used to communicate with the Control Center in the case of emergencies or when works are performed on the network.
A closed circuit TV system is installed at all stops and at most junction points in order to assure the safety of the passengers, to prevent ill mannered actions, to protect the equipment and to monitor the operation of the tram in the intersection areas with the normal automobile traffic.
All operational and administrative functions of TRAM SA are located at Elliniko in the one-time premises of the old Airport. This is the location of all company facilities (offices, equipment etc), the Control center, the vehicle maintenance area where the cleaning and maintenance of the tram vehicles takes place as well as the vehicle parking area.
The vehicles of the Athenian tram were designed by AnsladoBreda in collaboration with famous Ferrari designer, Sergio Pininfarina, who in recent history has been monopolizing the design of luxury vehicles.
The vehicles are of the SIRIO type, a design established since the end of 1997, as an outcome of the decisions taken by the Italian companies ANSALDO TRASPORTI and BREDA COSTRUZIONI FERROVIARIE to develop a product which would correspond to the requirements of a modern and economical rail vehicle.
During the design phase, particular attention was paid to :
- The general esthetics
- The functionality, comfort, quality and ergonomic design of the interior
- Visibility and driving comfort of the operator cabin, and
- Modularity in the design for further development purposes
The modern tram of Athens is a bi-directional rail type vehicle and has the capacity to run two vehicles connected. The track way is 1435 mm (normal), with line voltage of 750Vdc (-33% +20%) and maximum speed capacity of 70km/h and modern electrical generators of 4 x 106 KW output power capacity.
The length of the vehicles is 31,9 meters, and 32,31 meters with the connecting trusses, and the width is 2,4 meters. The height of the flooring in the passengers’ cabin is only 350 mm, so their boarding is possible without the need of a platform.
The capacity is of 56 seated passengers, including special seating for the Physically Challenged and 200 standing passengers.
There is heating, air conditioning both in the passenger area and in the operator cabin, all of which is set and controlled on a seasonal basis.
Today there are 35 tram vehicles. The number of vehicles assigned to the various routes (Platon, Aristotelis, Thucydides) vary according to the days, hours and seasons.
The vehicles are equipped with a visual and announcement type system in order to inform the passengers, as well as with multimedia info/advertisement screens.