November 14, 2013

First Citadis Compact LRV unveiled

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ALSTOM unveiled today at its plant in La Rochelle, France, the first Citadis Compact LRV for launch customer Pays d'Aubagne et de l'Etoile region.

The region ordered eight vehicles with options for between five and 10 additional LRVs for its new two-line network which is being constructed in three phases.

The 22m-long three-section Citadis Compact can accommodate 125 passengers. The vehicle is mounted on two Ixège bogies fitted with dual suspension and permanent magnet traction motors, with all axles powered. The air-conditioned LRV has four sets of double doors and wide gangways between sections.

The first section from Le Charrel - Aubagne station is expected to open next year. Line 1 is due for completion in 2016 followed by Line 2 in 2019. The total cost of the project is €166m including vehicles.

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