The west-east light-rail extension in the Nice Côte d’Azur urban area of France has commenced operations.
Inaugurated in the presence of Nice Mayor Christian Estrosi, the extension will connect the city to the airport.
City authorities have deployed Alstom’s new-generation Citadis X05 trams to operate on Nice’s T2 line, which includes the newly inaugurated section.
The trams are equipped with double doors, LED lighting, broad individual passenger seats and information systems with extra-wide screens to enhance passenger experience.
Additionally, deployment of the units is expected to increase passenger capacity by up to 10% and decrease preventive maintenance costs by around 20%.
The Citadis X05 trams will be powered by the SRS ground-based static charging solution, eliminating the need for overhead contact cables.
The SRS technology is capable of charging the tram automatically when it halts at dedicated passenger stops.
All energy is stored in the tram’s Citadis Ecopack system to enable operations until the next charging point.
Alstom France chairman Jean-Baptiste Eyméoud said: “After the Cadam-Magnan portion became operational, the inauguration of the airport section is a major new step.
“The T2 tram in Nice is a great source of pride for Alstom and a showcase for the world to see the French rail industry’s expertise.
“Many innovations designed by our experts have been used in this project. New-generation trams, the new SRS recharging system developed in Vitrolles, in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region, and the first internet-connected tram as of spring 2019, with a tram-ground WiFi connection.”
Nine Alstom facilities in France were involved in delivering the Line 2 tram system in the Nice Côte d’Azur urban area.
Alstom has delivered more than 2,600 Citadis trams to nearly 50 towns across 20 countries.