MONTPELLIER Agglomeration Transport (TAM) has issued a call for tender for the supply of 60 LRVs with three options. The deadline for requests to participate is March 1.

The first option is for another 17 LRVs identical to those supplied in the initial order. Option two would involve dismantling 29 Alstom Citadis 401 LRVs, the oldest in the fleet, while option three would entail the sale of the 29 Alstom Citadis 401 vehicles.

The total investment in the 77 LRVs is estimated at €275m. TAM wants the new vehicles to be delivered at the rate of two to three per month starting in 2024 and running through to 2030.

TAM will deploy 30 vehicles on Line 1, which carries an average 130,000 passengers per day, making it one of the busiest light rail lines in France.

Another 22 LRVs will be introduced on the new 16km Line 5 which will extend the light rail network to Lavérune in the west and Clapiers in the north. Line 5, which is expected to open in 2025, will transport 60,000 passengers per day with LRVs operating at six-minute intervals.

The remaining LRVs are needed to cover for heavy maintenance on the existing fleet and to improve reliability.

TAM is also considering inviting bids the supply of a passenger counting system, an automatic LRV piloting system for use at the depot, and an automatic track profile analysis system.

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