The project involves constructing a 12km line with 18 stations through the city and electrifying the heavy rail lines running northeast to Grenaa (19 stations) and south to Odder (16 stations), which have a combined length of around 100km.

Stadler Pankow will supply 100km/h Tango tram-trains for services to Grenaa and Odder and 80km/h Variobahn LRVs for use on the urban section of the network. The contract is Stadler Pankow's first order from Denmark.

Ansaldo STS will be responsible for delivering infrastructure including signalling and electrification.

The consortium will maintain the infrastructure and rolling stock for six years with an option for a three-year extension.

The line is due to open in 2017, when the city of Aarhus will be European Capital of Culture.