China Steel has placed an order for 15 Alstom Citadis trams for Phase II of Kaohsiung tramway project in Taiwan.

Expected to start revenue service in 2019, the tramway project is the first for Alstom in the country.

Phase II is 13.4km-long and includes 23 stations. It is part of the 22.1km-long Kaohsiung tramway line, which as a total of 37 stations.

Running all around the city, the new railway line will be connected to the Red and Orange mass rapid transit (MRT) lines.

Alstom China and East Asia managing director Ling Fang said: “Alstom is proud to bring its leading tramway and infrastructure technologies to Taiwan.

“Once completed, the tramway line will provide a green transport solution to Kaohsiung residents and visitors who will be able to commute aboard a tram that is efficient, comfortable, and that blends perfectly into the cityscape.”

Alstom’s Citadis X05 trams will be equipped with new technologies, including permanent magnet motors, on-board energy storage solution called Citadis Ecopack on the roof enabling the tram to run without a catenary from one station to another.

"The tramway line will provide a green transport solution to Kaohsiung residents and visitors."

The company will design and manufacture the Citadis X05 trams at its La Rochelle site in France.

The company’s other French sites involved are Tarbes for the traction system equipment, Valenciennes for the interior design, Villeurbanne for the on-board electronic systems and passenger information, while Ornans will supply the permanent magnet motors.

Bogies will be manufactured at Le Creusot site. Vitrolles site will be responsible for the on-board power supply switching boxes Citadis Ecoswitch, and Aix en Provence for the safety control system related to Ecopack.

Italy’s Sesto site will manufacture the traction system equipment, while Alstom Taiwan is providing the on-site testing, training and warranty services.


Image: Alstom’s Citadis X05 trams will be equipped with new technologies including permanent magnet motors. Photo: © Copyright Alstom.