May 29, 2012

Joint venture to operate Algerian light rail lines

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PARIS Transport Authority subsidiary RATP Dev has formed a joint venture with Algiers Metro (EMA) and Algiers Public Transport (ETUSA) to operate and maintain light rail lines in Algerian cities.

RATP Dev is the majority shareholder in the company with a 49% stake, while EMA holds 30% and ETUSA the remaining 21%.

The company has already been appointed to operate the eastern line of the Algiers light rail network. The initial 7km section with 14 stations opened in May 2011, while a second 9km phase with 16 stations will open on June 15. A further 7km section is under construction and due to open next year.

The joint venture will also operate and maintain the 18.7km, 32-station light rail line in Constantine and the initial 9km, 10-station section of the Oran LRT network. Both lines are due to open next year.

Further light rail projects are currently under study in Sidi Bel Abbes, Ourgla, Batna, Setif, Annaba, as well as extensions to lines in Algiers, Oran, and Constantine.

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