RTA chairman visits ALSTOM' s La Rochelle plant to review final Dubai Al Sufouh tramway developments
Today, Alstom Transport presented the first of 11 Citadis tramways for Dubai (UAE) to His Excellency Mattar Al Tayer, Chairman of the Board and Executive Director of Dubai's Roads and Transport Authority (RTA). The visit to Alstom's La Rochelle plant also gave the RTA Chairman a chance to participate in the tram's dynamic tests. The tramways for the city of Dubai are designed and assembled at the La Rochelle, France and are scheduled to be commissioned in 2014.
The Al Sufouh tramway line is the first turnkey catenary-free tramway project in the Middle East. Its first phase runs for 11 kilometers along Al Sufouh Street, connecting landmarks, residential areas and tourist sites such as Burj Al Arab Hotel, Dubai Media City and Dubai Marina.
It is the first Citadis to operate entirely on a ground-level power supply system (APS), and the first with tropicalized new-generation equipment adapted to extreme weather conditions. It is equipped with Urbalis Communication Based Train Control (CBTC) enabling tramset speed control, automatic protection at road crossings, synchronization of stops at stations and the opening of platform screen doors. Dubai's Citadis tram is 44 meters long and can accommodate 300 passengers at a time and a total of 5,000 passengers per hour per direction. It offers optimal quality and high-end passenger comfort, onboard video broadcasting, enhanced communication and security systems and 11 air-conditioned stations equipped with automatic platform screen doors.
Citadis plays its part in protecting the environment. The entire fleet of 1,400 Citadis trams circulating in the world today has saved more than 4 million tonnes of CO2 emissions. In addition, the tram is 98% recyclable. It also improves the quality of life in cities thanks to a noise level 5 dBA lower (or 4 times quieter) than automobile traffic.
To date, Citadis tramways have covered 450 million kilometres across the globe and transported more than five billion passengers. More than 1,650 Citadis have been ordered by 41 cities throughout the world.
About Alstom Transport
A promoter of sustainable mobility, Alstom Transport develops and markets the most complete range of systems, equipment and services in the railway sector. Alstom Transport manages entire transport systems, taking in rolling stock, signaling and infrastructure, and offers “turnkey” solutions. Alstom Transport recorded sales of 5.2 billion euros in the fiscal year 2011-2012. Alstom Transport is present in over 60 countries and employs 24,700 people.