Alstom chosen to equip the Nice airport tram line

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FRANCE: Alstom Transport has been chosen to supply the trams for the future East-West line of the Nice Côte d’Azur tramway.

The contract, worth 91 million euros, involves the supply of 19 Citadis X05 tramsets, the latest generation of Alstom trams, and its innovative ground-based static charging solution. The order includes options for 3 to 18 supplementary trams, their energy charging systems and their maintenance for a period of 12 years. Alstom’s Citadis X05 trams will circulate on the new lines 2 and 3 of the Metropolis Nice Côte D’Azur network.

Nice Airport Tram station

The delivery of the first trams is scheduled for summer 2017 with entry into service on the East-West Line scheduled for 2018. The line will be 11.3 kilometres long, of which 3.2 kilometres in tunnels and will connect to Nice Côte d’Azur Airport.

With the SRS ground-based static charging technology, combined with the Citadis Ecopack energy storage system, the future trams of the East-West tramway line will be able to recharge at every station as passengers get on and off, without extra stopping time.

Nice Airport Tram Line web

Following a long phase of studies and consultations, the Metropolis Nice Côte d’Azur, Organising Authority for Sustainable Mobility in the region, is proposing an ambitious blueprint for the Urban Transport Network up until 2030. Beyond the simple creation of an extra tramway line, this would involve a long-term vision for 2030, building on the realisation of a tramway network and the pooling of all transport methods in the Metropolitan area (plane, tram, bus, train, car, bicycles, taxi, foot). The aim of this Blueprint for Transport is to set up our

Metropolis as a role-model for transport infrastructure and interlinking transport modes via the development of a true tramway network, the modernisation and reinforcement of the bus network, the development of new modes of alternative travel (Autobleu, Vélobleu..), an advantageous tariff system, innovative services, the creation of a transport network, a sustainable global ecological approach, and the interlinking of all modes of transport through Multimodal Exchange Hubs.