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France’s Alstom Strikes 45 Million Euro Tram Deal with Rabat

France’s Alstom Strikes 45 Million Euro Tram Deal with Rabat

Friday, 27 October, 2017 - 08:45
A file photo taken on May 19, 2015 shows the Alstom logo at the Alstom plant in Montoir-de-Bretagne, near Saint-Nazaire, western France. AFP PHOTO / JEAN-SEBASTIEN EVRARD

French train maker Alstom has signed a 45 million euro contract with the Rabat-Salé transport company STRS for the supply of 22 Citadis trams that will run in the Moroccan capital.

The Citadis trams will be designed and manufactured in La Rochelle, France. Five other French sites will be used for the design, the production of the on-board electronic equipment and passenger information systems, power modules and circuit-breaker boxes. And, in Italy, another site will supply the traction system, the French firm said.

Following delivery, which is scheduled 26 months after the date of the contract’s entry into force, the trams will be subjected to static and dynamic tests at the customer’s site. Alstom’s team in Morocco will ensure after-sales service, it said.

The deal aims to increase STRS existing fleet of 44 Citadis trams from Alstom.

Trams began operating in Rabat in 2011. The number of commuters at the Rabat-Salé’s two tramway lines has steadily grown, with over 150 million passengers transported to date. To meet growing transportation needs, STRS has decided to add more lines, reaching 33 kilometers.

The 32m-long low-floor Citadis LRVs can transport up to 606 passengers when operating in multiple. Each LRV has 12 doors per side and is designed for use by mobility-impaired passengers. 

Alstom has already delivered Citadis trams to the cities of Rabat and Casablanca, and 12 Euroduplex trains for the high-speed rail line that will link Tangier to Casablanca.

The company has branches in 60 countries.

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