Casa Transports, the company operating Casablanca’s public transport services, has chosen Alstom to supply 66 Citadis X05 trams.
The contract signed by the two parties includes an option for a further 22 trams for the city’s lines 3 and 4, which are scheduled to start carrying passengers in late 2023. This contract has a value of 130 million euros.
Casablanca’s tramway lines 1 and 2 opened in December 2012 and January 2019 respectively. Passenger numbers have gone to to over 220,000 per day. Consequently, Casa Transports has been tasked with expanding the tram network and procuring new rolling stock. Alstom supplied the original Citadis X02 trams as well as the power supply and signalling equipment for lines 1 and 2.
“We are pleased to pursue our contribution to the development and modernization of the Moroccan urban network thanks to our proven mobility solutions that benefit from the very latest technological innovations. We are very proud with this new order and of Casa Transports’ trust and confidence in Alstom’s Citadis solution. With a total fleet of at least 256 Citadis to be operated in Morocco, more people in Casablanca will be able to commute comfortably.”
Each new Citadis X05 will be configured in double units measuring 64m, with a total capacity of 630. Casa Transport has requested modern passenger information systems and for the trams’ aesthetic to capture Casablanca’s history and culture.
Alstom will partially manufacture the trams in Barcelona, Spain, but also involve Moroccan suppliers, for example in the production of the subsystems. Alstom’s sites in Fez (Morocco), France and Belgium will also participate in the contract. The trams will undergo both static and dynamic testing at Casa Transport’s site following delivery. Once they successfully pass these tests they can be commissioned.
In addition to the earlier order for Citadis X02 trams for Casablanca, Alstom has also supplied its Citadis tram to Rabat.
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