Impression of Stadler Variobahn tram for Mainz.

GERMANY: Mainz transport operator MVG has placed a €20m order with Stadler for nine metre-gauge Variobahn trams. They will be delivered from 2012, and an option is available for a further six vehicles.

The five-section 100% low-floor trams will be 30 m long with four passenger doors per side. They will have 66 fixed and eight folding seats, with a total capacity of 174 passengers. Top speed will be 70 km/h.