ERC will now negotiate the terms of the five-year contract which is expected to be worth $US 116m.

The double-track electrified light rail network has two lines, each 17km long, with a total of 41 stations. An east-west line runs from Ayat Village via Megenagna, Legehar and Mexico Square to Torhai Loch, and a north-south line links Menelik Square, Merkato, Lideta, Legehar, Meskel Square, Gotera and Kaliti. The two lines share a section of track in the city centre. The network is designed to carry 15,000 passengers per hour per direction.

CNR is due to start delivery of the fleet of 41 LRVs at the end of the year.