The capital will call at the last minute the 48-piece option of the 2014 Solaris trolley contract – introduced by Mayor Gergely Karácsony, adding that the decision must be confirmed by the capital’s general assembly at next week’s meeting.
Christmas announced that the government had previously undertaken to provide the necessary funds for the purchase, but this remained only a promise, and no borrowing was even allowed for Budapest. Since the option expires and at a next purchase they might already be able to buy similar buses at double the price, a decision had to be made: they would try to raise money somehow or let go of the opportunity, the mayor said.
The board of BKK has decided in favor of the acquisition, which is also supported by the management of the capital, but the general meeting must also nod to it. The capital needs 9.4 billion forints for the purchase. Budapest can trust – more and more faintly – that the current government will give the necessary money, or that a next government will be more generous.
The first buses will only have to be paid for after their arrival at the end of 2022. Additional trolleys will continue to arrive until the end of 2023.
There are currently about 140 trolleybuses on 14 trolleybuses in Budapest. If the planned replacement took place, only modern, low-floor trolleybuses would run in the capital, said Walter Katalin, BKK’s director, at the briefing.
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