Transport infrastructure provider Alstom has unveiled the first Citadis Compact tram at its manufacturing site in La Rochelle, France.
As part of a contract, which was signed in October 2011, the Pays d’Aubagne et de l’Etoile region opted for eight Citadis Compact trams with an option for five to ten additional units.
Alstom’s Design and Styling department, in partnership with Hervé Di Rosa, has conceived the livery of the trams for Aubagne.
The first tram presented to Aubagne is currently undergoing static and dynamic testing at the La Rochelle site, while production of the remaining seven is currently ongoing with first deliveries expected early next year.
Developed specifically to meet the needs of mobility in intermediate-sized cities, Citadis Compact trams will be have a length of between 22m and 24m and can accommodate about 130 passengers.
The trams also feature huge windows, air-conditioners, real-time information system, wide circulation corridor and double-doors at the front and at the back.
Equipped with the new Ixège bogie featuring dual suspension and permanent-magnet motors, the high-performance trams provide passengers with comfort and enable cost savings in energy consumption and maintenance for operators.
Pays d’Aubagne et de l’Etoile metropolitan region vice president Daniel Fontaine said the region supports the right to mobility through offering free public transport and creating accessible, safe and efficient modes of transport.
Image: Citadis Compact tram at Alstom’s manufacturing site in La Rochelle, France. Photo courtesy of Alstom Transport.