Bucharest metro operator Metrorex posted a bid announcement for the purchase of 16 new trains destined to Main Lines No. 1, 2 and 3, in a contract worth an estimated EUR 107.2 M, Mediafax reports. The contract spreads on 38 months and is financed via a loan taken from the European Investment Bank and with money from the state budget. The new trains will comprise 96 carriages in total and will replace the old Type IVA trains used by Metrorex. As prerequisite, participants must prove that they provided a minimum 96 carriages over the last five years, in at least three contracts with the total value of RON 400 M. The offers may be submitted until the deadline of June 15, when sealed envelopes will be opened. Metrorex currently operates 44 new Bombardier trains and 31 old IVA ones. Along with 21 more trains, the purchase of the 16 trains is part of the loan agreement concluded in 2009 by the Government with the European Investment Bank (EIB), worth EUR 395 M, for the construction of Main Line No. 5 Drumul Taberei – Universitate.