The new Stockholm Metro units are an important part of the improvement work being carried out to upgrade SL (Stockholm Public Transport Authority) services in the city. They are based on the proven preference of passengers for simple and comfortable travel. From 1998 onwards, the new cars have successively replaced the existing rolling stock on the oldest part of the underground network. The Stockholm Metro units (C20) are built in three articulated sections with a driver's cab at each end. Passengers can move freely throughout the entire length of the car. The Stockholm Metro units contribute to more attractive travel within Stockholm in many ways. They offer an attractive design combined with high levels of comfort, security and reliability with a low noise ambience. The new vehicles also provide an excellent working environment for the drivers and maintenance personnel and fulfil high environmental demands regarding energy consumption, choice of materials and recycling. A major part of the car equipment is computer controlled.
C20 FICAS for Stockholm Metro
The first pilot trainset using FICAS technology is based on Stockholm's existing C20 metro vehicles. FICAS stands for a highly innovative modular sandwich construction comprising a steel skin bonded to a rigid composite core, providing e.g. more space to the vehicle design. The C20 vehicles are already 'best-in-class' with respect to their recyclability and overall environmental standards, therefore the comparative benchmark naturally dictates a high level of performance.