Casa Transports, the public transport company of Casablanca, awarded Alstom a EUR 130 million contract for the supply of 66 Citadis trams X05. The contract includes an option for 22 additional trams for lines 3 and 4 expected to enter passenger operation by end of 2023.
“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,” Nourddine Rhalmi, President of Alstom in Morocco said.
The new Citadis trams for Casablanca will operate in double units of 64 meters, 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. In line with Casa Transport requirements, Alstom proposes a design reflecting the history and culture of Casablanca.
The Citadis trams X05 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, opened in October, will provide the electrical cabins and loomings.
For the new trams, the La Rochelle plant will be responsible for project management and engineering activities, Valenciennes for interior design, Ornans plant 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. Alstom’s team in Morocco, with more than 500 employees, will ensure the after sales service.
Currently, 256 Citadis trams operate in in Morocco. The French manufacturer delivered 190 Citadis X02 trams to the cities of Rabat – with 66 trams, and Casablanca with 124 trams. In addition, Alstom 12 Avelia Euroduplex trains for the Tangier – Casablanca high-speed line and 50 Prima locomotives for freight, passenger and mixed transport services.