Alstom’s first Citadis Compact tram has started revenue service in the tramway line of the Pays d’Aubagne et de l’Etoile, an urban district in France.
Light rail has long been the prerogative of major towns and cities since growth in medium-sized conurbations has been hampered by the inherent costs, the size of infrastructure and the changes to the urban landscape that such projects entail.
Citadis Compact trams measure 22 metres in length and combine a modular design with a range of customisation options that bring numerous benefits to ensure a seamless fit with the urban fabric of medium-sized conurbations:
- Capacity – The Citadis Compact can comfortably accommodate 130 passengers thanks to ample aisle space and double doors;
- Simplicity – Maintenance is made easier through systematic use of standard parts and components (doors, windows, windscreen, etc.) and greater accessibility (bogie, heating and ventilation);
- Technology – The use of permanent-magnet motors helps reduce energy consumption.
Equipped with the new Ixège bogie featuring dual suspension and permanent-magnet motors, the high-performance trams provide passengers with comfort and save costs in maintenance and energy consumption. Based on the Citadis platform, the new tramway is capable of running at speeds of up to 75km/h.
The next-generation Citadis compact tram will run between Le Charrel to the Aubagne bus station and will be able to serve up to 146 passengers in its highest-capacity version.
The Pays d’Aubagne et de l’Etoile metropolitan region is the first municipality to acquire the new Citadis Compact.
All the features Alstom’s Citadis Compact features:
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