May 09, 2018

Sétif opens first light rail line

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Sétif opens first light rail line EMA

SÉTIF became the sixth Algerian city to open a modern light rail line on May 8, when minister of the interior, local authorities and national planning, Mr Noureddine Bedoui, inaugurated the 15.2km first phase from El Bez University to Eastern Maintenance Centre.

Stage 1 comprises an east-west line linking 11 Décembre 1960 in the east with Djebel Anini Ain Roua in the west, where the line divides with two branches serving University City.   

The 26-station line was built and equipped by a joint venture of Alstom and Turkish construction company Yapi Merkezi under a €380m contract awarded in 2014.

The line has a commercial speed of 20.3km/h, with peak capacity of 6000 passengers per direction per hour.

Services are operated by a fleet of 26 bidirectional Citadis low-floor LRVs assembled by the Cital joint venture of Alstom, Algiers Metro Company (EMA), Ferrovial, and Algerian National Railways (SNTF), at its facility in Annaba. Each 44m-long 2.6m-wide vehicle accommodates 302 passengers.


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