Casablanca plans two new tramway lines

15 January 2017

Line 2 under construction

Morocco’s Casa Transports is currently preparing a study for the construction of two new tramway lines, with construction expected to start in 2018.

The proposed Line 3 will link the Moulay Rachid industrial area, the Ben Msik College, Mabrouka, Ouled Zian and the Hassan II mosque all in Casablanca.

Line 4 will extend from Derb Soltane to the Casa Port.

Both lines are expected to be completed by 2022, according to Youssif Draiss, director general of Casa Transports.

The city is also planning two bus rapid transit (BRT) schemes to be completed within the same time frame, Draiss tells MEED.

Line 2 of the Casa Tramway is under construction and is expected to be completed in October 2018.

Turkey’s Yapi Merkezi won  an €83m ($94m) contract for the construction of Line 2 in mid 2016. France’s Alstom won a €100m contract a year earlier for the supply of 50 Citadis trams.

The 17km tram line is understood to be progressing based on schedule with 15km of track already laid as of December 2016, according to a local media report. All contracts pertaining to the project have been awarded, with the installation of the power substation catering to the tram already underway. The first train is expected to be delivered in August 2017.

The 31km first line of the city’s tramway was inaugurated in 2012. France’s Alstom won the contracts in 2009 for the supply of 74 Citadis trams and the rail signalling and power supply systems. Line 1 links Casablanca’s east and southwest districts. Carrying an estimated 250,000 passengers daily, the line passes through the city centre and calls at 48 stations.

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