Alstom’s Citadis tramway ready to welcome visitors for the Olympic Games 2016

Alstom’s Citadis tramway ready to welcome visitors for the Olympic Games 2016 :A project to modernize the city of Rio and enhance the mobility of its residents

In the context of the Olympic Games 2016 and the city’s increasing population, the municipality of Rio has
launched a program to modernise and revitalise the city, in particular its port area. Part of this program is
aimed at enhancing the existing transport system, which comprises a metro system, bus networks, cruise
boats, suburban trains, cable cars and ferries. Private cars are also commonly used in the city, causing
traffic jams, noise and air pollution. From this context, the need has arisen to develop a new, modern
mobility solution that efficiently completes the existing public transport system and contributes to the
modernization of the city, while being able to transport thousands of passengers per day quickly,
comfortably and safely and reduce bottlenecks.

In 2012, the city launched a call to tender for a 28 km long tramway line to connect the city’s principal
land, sea and air routes (Santos Dumont regional airport to Novo Rio bus terminal via the Rio cruise boat
terminal, Central do Brasil suburban train station, Barcas ferry terminal, cable car and metro). As part of
this revitalisation program, the city of Rio requested a tramway line without a visible catenary in order to
preserve and enhance the cityscape. To improve the mobility of its residents, the city of Rio required a
system capable of carrying up to 300,000 passengers per day. The project is supported by the Brazilian
Development Bank (BNDES), whose conditions include the hiring of national suppliers and the local
production of the trams.

The city of Rio entrusted the project to VLT Carioca, a consortium made up of OTP (Odebrecht Transport),
CCR, Invepar, Riopar, RATP Dev and Benito Roggio, which will lead the project and select the integrated
tramway solution provider. Alstom, which is well established in Brazil and in Latin America, a leader in
the supply of integrated tramway solutions and a unique provider of the ground-level power supply
system APS1, was awarded the project in September 2013.

Alstom, leader in the supply of the tramway integrated solution To address urban market needs and respond to the challenges of mobility, Alstom’s urban integrated solutions are the most appropriate answer to guarantee optimised costs, shorter delivery times and an optimum level of performance throughout the system. With over 30 urban integrated mobility solutions awarded in over a decade in cities like Panama, Dubai (UAE), Riyadh (KSA), Sydney (Australia), Alstom is number 1 in this field.

Alstom was Rio’s preferred partner to supply and integrate a full tramway solution, which includes 32 Citadis trams as well as electrification, signalling, telecommunications and depot equipment. Citadis trams, a reliable, flexible, and environmentally friendly mode of transport With more than 2,300 trams sold to 54 cities worldwide, Citadis is the global standard and the most reliable tram in the market. Every day, the 1,800 trams already in operation run over 4 million km, andmore than nine billion passengers have commuted comfortably and efficiently on board Citadis since 2000. Flexible, Citadis meets the various needs of passengers and operators in both small towns and megalopolises. Citadis is available in lengths of 22-44 metres and in two widths: 2.4 or 2.65 metres. It can include three to seven carriages, while allowing two trams to be coupled together in operation or further carriages to be added to the tram later on. Respectful of the environment, a tram emits 4 times less CO2 than a bus and 10 times less than a car, as well as being a silent mode of transport.

Citadis designed for Rio
The municipality of Rio opted for a 44 meter-long Citadis tram which includes seven cars. The tram can carry up to 420 passengers at a time and up to 300,000 passengers per day. Thanks to its fully low floor, passengers can easily circulate in the tram and get in and out thanks to its six large double-doors and two single doors per side. To
ensure a comfortable journey, the tram is equipped with airconditioning and passenger information system.

An innovative catenary-free power solution along the whole line, preserving Rio’s authentic
architecture Autonomy and energy efficiency are important criteria for cities, and even more so in Rio in the context of its revitalization program. Alstom is the only manufacturer to provide a large range of catenary-free solutions, including APS (ground-level power supply), on-board batteries and supercapacitors, to ensure the proper architectural integration of tramways into city centres. APS, a 13-year proven technology, is a catenary-free power supply system with a third embedded rail, making it possible to eliminate the poverhead catenary wiring of traditional tramway networks. APS provides performance comparable to that of overhead cables (99.95% availability
observed for 2km of double track). This technology has been adopted by 10 cities worldwide and is already operational in 7 cities2 including Bordeaux, Reims, Angers, Orléans, Tours, Dubai and now Rio.

Alstom’s various catenary-free solutions can be combined, as is case in Rio where APS is combined with supercapacitors – modules installed on the roof of the tram which store and regenerate energy. This mixed integrated solution offers unlimited power supply and optimized infrastructure for maximum operational comfort. The tramway of Rio is the world’s second 100% catenary-free tramway after Dubai. It enables the tramway line to integrate smoothly into the cityscape,preserving Rio’s authentic architecture.

A tramway made in France and Brazil
The first five Citadis trams were designed and built at La Rochelle in France where Citadis trams for cities of Angers, Bordeaux, Brest, Lyon, Mulhouse, Nice in France, or Dubai in UAE, Dublin in Ireland or Casablanca in Morocco have been made.

With Alstom’s ambition to extend its global footprint, be closer to its customers, and accompany tramway projects in Brazil and Latin America, Alstom opened a new tramway manufacturing line in Taubaté, Brazil, in March 2015. The manufacturing facility is 16,000 m² and has the capacity to produce about 8 trams per month. Taubaté is producing the remaining 27 Citadis trams.

Seven other Alstom sites in France are contributing to the project: Saint-Ouen for the design, Le Creusot for the design of the bogies and part of their manufacture, Ornans for the development and partial manufacture of the motors, Tarbes for the power modules and switchgears, Villeurbanne for the on-board electronics, Vitrolles for the APS, and Valenciennes for the supply of parts and training.

A tramway delivered on time
A first portion of the line (7km), which connects Santos Dumont airport to Parada dos Museus, entered service in June 2016 and another portion (7km) from Parada dos Navios to Rodoviária is in service since July 20163. Alstom has delivered, in time for the Olympic Games 2016, a tramway line which greatly contributes to the modernization of the city, reduces congestion and pollution and offers its residents and visitors a mode of transport that is comfortable, reliable and efficiently connected to other transport modes. Not only is the tramway of Rio boosting the city’s mobility; it is also contributing to urban regeneration of the city of Rio.

 

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