Alstom has been awarded a contract by Casa Transports – the public company in charge of Casablanca’s public transport – to provide 50 Citadis trams for a new section of the city tramway line expected to open in late 2018. The contract is worth €100 million.
The ridership of the Casablanca tramway line, in service since December 2012, has increased by more than 30% over the last couple of years. To address the growing mobility demand, Casa Transports decided to add 22 km to the 31-km-long tramway line and order new trams from Alstom, which had already supplied 74 Citadis, together with the power supply and the signalling equipment.
“We are very pleased with this order, which demonstrates Casa Transport’s trust and confidence in Alstom’s Citadis solution. With a total fleet of 124 Citadis, more people in Casablanca will be able to commute comfortably in a mode of transport that is environmentally friendly, reliable and that fits well into the city” said Thi-Mai Tran, President of Alstom Transport Morocco.
The Citadis trams for Casablanca are 32 metres long and operate in double units to carry up to 606 passengers each. The integral low floor and the 12 side doors facilitate passenger flow and enable access for all, including people with reduced mobility. The design, which is customised to achieve perfect integration with the city’s architecture, will be similar to that of the trams already in service.
The Casablanca tramway project is led by Alstom in Morocco. The Citadis will be manufactured at La Rochelle in France. The other French sites involved are Le Creusot for the bogies, Ornans for the motors, Villeurbanne for the onboard electronics, Tarbes for the modules and circuit breaker cabinets and Saint-Ouen for the design. The Sesto site in Italy will provide the traction system. After delivery and before their commissioning, the trams will undergo static and dynamic tests on the client’s site. The Alstom team in Morocco will also ensure the after sales service.