The first double-decker train in Hungary took off on its first test run on Sunday, from Budapest to Cegléd.
Tamás Schanda, Secretary of the Ministry of Innovation and Technology, held a press conference at Nyugati station. He said that 2020 is a new age for trains, new double-deckers will be put on the rails progressively, starting in the spring, according to Startlap.
As Daily News Hungary reported before, the first train was scheduled to transport passengers on March 15, and another seven would start in June, and the rest of them in August.
In April 2017, Máv-Start signed an eight-year agreement with Stadler for 40 trains with 600 seats each. This would provide passengers of the railway company with 24,000 more seats. The 40 new trains will cost over €580 million.
The trains will have air conditioning, Wi-Fi, outlets to charge phones and laptops. They will have three traditional bathrooms and one for people with disabilities, and they will be able to store four wheelchairs, and five strollers or 12 bicycles.
Budapest’s suburban transportation will be provided by KISS, FLIRT and DESIRO vehicles by the end of 2022. The repairs and the new vehicles will help with things such as more punctual transportation and better schedules, as well as help evenly balance the suburban lines.