Tina and Stadler are also coming to the Netherlands. Htm, the transport company in the Hague area, signed a contract last December 16 with Stadler to supply 56 Tina (which stands for “Total Integrated Low-Floor Drive”) streetcars. The streetcars are to be delivered by Stadler starting in 2026. For the Swiss manufacturer, it’s the first order on Dutch soil.
Den Haag (the third largest city in the Netherlands) owns one of the most important tram networks. The network, which has been active since June 1864, currently includes 13 lines, developing 105 km, which also reach the municipalities of Delft (line 1) and Zoetermeer (lines 3,4, 34), compared with 9 bus lines.
Den Haag’s network
The service is important, a real network of strength: 12 lines are operated from about 6 to 1 a.m., with frequencies around 10 to 12 minutes, apart from line 9, with passes every 7 to 8 minutes. Line 34, on the other hand, is operated during peak hours. All lines have evening service, with average frequencies around 15 minutes. The lines are run on average in 40 to 50 minutes, the smaller lines in about 25 to 30 minutes; the length of line 3 imposes a travel time of up to 66 minutes.
The current fleet has about 200 units of which 80 Avenio built by Siemens from 2015, 70 Alstom Citadis from the early 2000s, and quanta dozen GTLs ( Gelede Tram Lang) from the 1980s/90s , which will probably be replaced by the new TINAs. Lines 3 and 4 are part of Ranstadrail, a service connecting The Hague, Zoetermeer, and Rotterdam. The network uses an integrated system from metro rail lines, the Rotterdam Metro Line E tram lines of Den Haag, 3,4, 19, and two car lines, 170 and 173, operating between Rotterdam and Zoetermeen.
Features of the Tina
A modern and innovative vehicle, the Tina will be best suited to the demanding operation planned by Htm. The length of the three-car articulated vehicle will be 237 passengers, with the possibility of dual traction to double capacity on the busiest lines. Equipped with good pickup, the streetcar can reach speeds of 70 km/h. Features of the Tina include high energy efficiency, a low floor, large windows, and a special rotating bogie, which provides even greater comfort for both the driving staff and passengers. Driving the streetcar will be facilitated by the intuitive and digital Uni – Board system, which allows drivers’ attention to be shifted to road traffic. The special arrangement of seats and handrails will allow the best use of interior space, without affecting the high comfort on board. The spacious multifunctional compartments provide ample space for wheelchair passengers.
Ansgar Brockmeyer, Executive Vice President for Sales and Marketing and Vice President of Stadler Group, says: «We are proud to be able to supply streetcars to the Netherlands for the first time following the HTM order. This is the fifth time we have successfully sold our latest generation of innovative and especially passenger-friendly streetcars in a short time since its market launch. Our TINA streetcars will enable passengers in the government city on the North Sea to experience a new dimension of comfort and sustainable transportation».
«Htm is very pleased with the purchase of Stadler’s new, wider and more modern streetcars. With these streetcars Htm offers its passengers affordable and comfortable public transportation, and is well equipped for the future of modern mobility», said Jaap Bierman, Ceo of Htm.
Thanks to their energy-efficient driving, the Tina streetcars help to further improve the environmental impact of local public transport.