The first Citadis tram for Cuenca has left Alstom’s factory at La Rochelle and is being shipped to Ecuador.
On 17 May it is scheduled to leave the port of Antwerp towards its final destination where it is expected to arrive by end of June. The 13 remaining tram units are currently being manufactured at the Alstom site in La Rochelle. The last tram is expected to be completed by October 2015 with entry into commercial service scheduled for 2016.
In 2013, the city of Cuenca chose the consortium CITA Cuenca (CIM, Ineo, TSO and Alstom), led by Alstom, for the supply of an integrated electromechanical tramway system. Alstom’s share also includes electrification, power supply and systems integration.
Ecuador’s first tramway network spans 10 km and includes 27 stations, crossing the historic centre of the city over a stretch of 2 km.
Cuenca, a listed UNESCO world heritage site, is Ecuador’s third biggest city and has opted for Alstom’s APS1 technology to preserve its architectural heritage. Cuenca will be the first city on the American continent to benefit from a catenaryless tramway system.