Alstom-manufactured Citadis trams have started commercial operations at Sidi Bel Abbes, a city located in the north-western part of Algeria.
The Government of Algeria's Minister of Transport and Public Works Abdelghani Zaalane inaugurated the new services in the presence of other officials.
Alstom was originally contracted to deliver 30 Citadis trams in December 2013.
Alstom Algeria president Henri Bussery said: “With Sidi Bel Abbes, we are pursuing our partnership with Algeria to provide its inhabitants with the most environmentally friendly, comfortable transport system in existence: the tram.
“To date, the cities of Algeria have ordered 128 Citadis tram units to meet the mobility needs of passengers.”
The trams will operate on a line measuring 14.3km and are capable of carrying 302 passengers.
The 44m-long Citadis trams feature seven modules, low floors and 12 side doors to ensure comfortable passenger movement, even for commuters with reduced mobility.
Alstom's new vehicles are also equipped with LED lighting, air-conditioning, surveillance cameras and additional space for wheelchairs, along with latest-generation screens to provide journey information for passengers.
Cital is a joint venture (JV) between Alstom, Ferrovial and Entreprise de Métro d’Alger. The JV has assembled the tram sets at its manufacturing site in Annaba.
Alstom has supplied 98 Citadis trams to the cities of Algiers, Constantine and Oran to date.
The company is currently working with Cital to deliver Citadis trams for the cities of Ouargla, Mostaganem, Sétif and Constantine.
Image: Alstom’s Citadis tram starts commercial service at Sidi Bel Abbes, Algeria. Photo: © Alstom / Design and Styling.