WITH Swiss Federal Railways taking delivery of its first light rail car for the Seetalbahn (p165), similar vehicles may be in prospect for the light rail network planned for the town of Zug. SBB was designated as the operator last year, and it plans to call tenders shortly for 12 low-floor air-conditioned trainsets, each with capacity for 180 seated passengers. Target cost is SFr84m.
Two routes are planned over SBB tracks. One will run from Baar through the city centre to Cham and Rotkreuz, and the other is to run south from the city centre along the lake shore to Walchwil. Using a SFr67m grant from the Zug canton, the first phase of work will include construction of 10 new halts and reconstruction of five existing stations to allow same-level boarding. Target date for commissioning the network is the end of 2004.