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Passenger service on the new tramway in the Algerian city of Sidi Bel Abbes started on 25 July after an opening ceremony attended by the Minister of Transport. The line links the Gare du Nord to the new railway station in the southern suburbs. 30 CITRAL/Alstom 44m seven-section Citadis operate the 14.3km system, which was built by Turkish contractor Yapi Merkezi. Service is operated by a joint venture of RATP Dev and companies providing service in Algiers. 62 000 passengers/day are expected to use the system.


The Casablanca public transport authority Casa Transport has shortlisted four bidders for a contract to supply 100 LRVs for light rail lines T3 and T4, which will add 28km to the city's tram network. The shortlisted bidders being: Alstom; Bombardier; CAF; CRRC Zhuzhou Electric Locomotive; & Skoda Transportation. A winning bidder is due to be selected in December and are due to be delivered in the first half of 2020. All of the 32m-long vehicles should enter service by the end of 2022. The contract will include an option for 20 additional vehicles.

28 July 2017

Passenger numbers projection corrected to 62 000 passengers/day 2 August 2017

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