by Josephine Cordero Sapién
17 Nov 2020
Île-de-France Mobilités and Transilien SNCF have ordered an additional 13 tram-trains from Alstom for a value of around 70 million euros.
The tram-trains, type Citadis Dualis, will be paid for in full by Île-de-France Mobilités. 11 of them will run on line T4, 2 on line T12. Alstom signed a framework agreement with Transilien SNCF in 2007 for the delivery of a maximum of 200 tram-trains. This current order is an option from that contract.
“Following the entry into commercial service of the Citadis Dualis tram-trains on line T4 in December 2019, and as we currently produce the trains for line T13, I am delighted that Alstom is continuing to deploy the tram-train solution in the Île-de-France region. This new exercise of options points to the relevance of this versatile transport solution and to the renewed trust of our customers, Île-de-France Mobilités and Transilien SNCF.”
As tram-trains, the Citadis Dualis units connect urban centres with their surrounding suburbs without disruption, as they are able to run on tram lines as well as on regional rail networks. With the same gauge as a tram, these Citadis Dualis tram-trains can operate in towns. Once on the regional rail network, they can carry passengers at speeds of almost 100km/h.
There are currently 78 Citadis Dualis tram-trains in operation in France, 30 of these in the Île-de-France region. Furthermore, in 2018, 34 additional tram-trains were ordered for Île-de-France, for lines T12 and T13. These 34 trains are currently being developed and manufactured by Alstom in France.
France is not the only country to have ordered tram-trains from Alstom. The French rolling stock manufacturer has sold more than 200 tram-trains (Citadis Dualis and Regio Citadis) in Europe. It has branded this technology Citadis Spirit for the North American market. Customers here include the Canadian cities of Ottawa and Toronto, in 2013 and 2017 respectively.
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