Constantine tramway officially launched: RATP Dev sets a new standard in Algeria

Constantine tramway officially launched: RATP Dev sets a new standard in Algeria : Transport Minister Mr Amar Tou officially launched the Constantine tramway on 4 July 2013 in the presence of the wali for Constantine, Nuredin Bedoui, and of RATP Dev Executive Board Chairman, Mr François-Xavier Perin.

The Constantine tramway will begin commercial operation on 5 July. With ten stops and a line 8.1 km long, the tramway will considerably facilitate travelling in Constantine, Algeria’s third largest city with a population of nearly 900,000. The line will ultimately be used by some 70,000 passengers per day.

Featuring the latest technological innovations

Line operation and maintenance will be ensured for ten years by Setram, a jointly-owned subsidiary of RATP Dev, a subsidiary of RATP Group, Entreprise du Métro d’Alger (EMA) and Etablissement Public de Transport Urbain et Suburbain d’Alger (ETUSA).

The tramway will operate every day from 5 a.m. till 11 p.m. every three minutes during peak times and every five minutes during off-peak times. Its Alstom carriages feature the latest technological innovations and include air-conditioning, video-projection and a low floor to guarantee comfort, safety and easy access for all passengers.

Setram has implemented the entire preparatory phase for entry into service since January 2013. Some 500 employees were hired locally and trained by RATP Group experts to provide tramway maintenance and operation services. Setram tapped into the know-how of RATP Group to develop operating procedures, define the maintenance policy and complete technical trials and the dry run.

A new standard for RATP Dev

RATP Group already operates the tramway system in Algiers and Oran through Setram and the Algiers metro system through RATP El-Djazaïr. It now operates and maintains over 50 km of metro and tram lines in Algeria where it has a workforce of over 2,300.

“RATP Dev is delighted to offer its know-how once again to developing quality public transport services in Algeria and promote a skills transfer for locally hired and trained staff”, stated RATP Dev Executive Board Chairman, François-Xavier Perin.

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Source : ratp.fr

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