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Casablanca: New trams for new lines

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Alstom has been awarded a contract by Casa Transports, the company in charge of Casablanca’s public transport, to provide 66 Citadis trams X05 and an option for 22 additional trams for lines T3 and T4. The contract is worth €130 million.

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Interior design | © Alstom

The number of passengers using the Casablanca tramway lines 1 and 2, in service since December 2012 and January 2019, has increased with now more than 220,000 passengers per day in the network. In order to address the growing mobility demand, Casa Transports has been missioned by public authorities to extend around 26 km of tramway lines and purchase new rolling stock. See our report:

https://www.urban-transport-magazine.com/en/worldbank-financing-for-the-expansion-of-tramway-casablanca/

Alstom has previously supplied 124 Citadis X02, the power supply and the signaling equipment for line T and T2. The new Citadis trams for route T3 and T4 to be opened in stage during 2022 and 2023 will have have just one driver’s cabine each. They will operate in coupled pairs of 64 meters lenght, which will carry up to 630 passengers each. The full low-floor and the 12 side doors facilitate passenger flow and enable access for all, including people with reduced mobility. As per Casa Transport, the new generation of tramway will be equipped with the latest passenger information systems. Furthermore, in line with Casa Transport requirements, Alstom proposes a design reflecting the history and culture of Casablanca.

The Citadis trams will be manufactured partly in Barcelona and many suppliers based in Morocco will participate to produce subsystems that will be integrated, as well, in Spain. Also, the Alstom factory in Fez will provide the electrical cabins and loomings. The French sites involved are La Rochelle for Project Management and Engineering activities, Valenciennes for interior design, Ornans for the motors, Villeurbanne for the onboard electronics, Aix-en-Provence for the speed measurement system and legal recorder, Tarbes for the modules and circuit breaker cabinets and Saint-Ouen for the design. The Charleroi site in Belgium will provide the traction system and the Getafe site in Spain will provide bogies. After delivery and before their commissioning, the trams will undergo static and dynamic tests on the client’s site.

With this new contract the number of tramways supplied to Morrocco will increase to a total of 256, thereof 66 for Rabat.

Today’s Alstom Citadis tramcar in Casablanca | © Michael Kujawa
08.11.2020

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