Casablanca’s $745m Metro system opens

Casablanca’s $745m Metro system opens

The King of Morocco, Mohammed Vi, has inaugurated the the new 31km-long, $745m Casablanca tramway system in Morocco.

The 31km line links Casablanca’s East and South West districts via the city centre and has a network of 48 stations.

The tram system is being operated by Casa Tram – a group headed by French transport operator RATP Dev in partnership with the Moroccan Deposit and Management Fund (Caisse de DĂ©pĂŽt et de Gestion) and holding company, Transinvest. Casa Tram will be responsible for operating and maintaining the line for five years.

It has outsourced maintenance for the fleet andd infrastructure to Alstom – the French engineering giant which was also contracted to build the 74 trains that will be running on the network three years ago. Alstom has also installed the signalling and power supply systems. Each of the trains are 65m-long double units with a capacity for carrying 606 passengers.

By 2015, the network will have a capacity to carry up to 250,000 passengers per day.

Trams will run every 4 minutes and 45 seconds at peak times.

Alstom said that it will employ around 40 staff within a 13,800m2 maintenance facility in the city.

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Source : constructionweekonline

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