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VT Transman wins Budapest bus service tender

VT Transman has won a tender to provide the Budapest Public Transport Center (BKK) with bus services worth about HUF 10 billion a year, MTI learnt from a source familiar with the matter after a meeting of the BKK board on Tuesday.

Color Tours and Orangeways City, in addition to VT Transman, completed pre-qualification for the tender, Econews reported earlier.

BKK asked for offers to supply bus service with 75 solo vehicles and 75 reticulated vehicles with estimated annual service fees of HUF 4.4 billion and HUF 5.4 billion, respectively. The contract is for eight years with an option for a two-year extension.

Hungarian-owned VT Transman will use Mercedes Citaro buses for the contract, MTI learnt.

The Budapest local council has authorised up to two-thirds of the city's bus services to be taken over by contractors. The number of contracted buses in the capital is set to rise from 150 in 2013 to 450 in 2014 and to 900 by 2016.