The Dinars 34.7bn ($US 441m) contract covers the construction of a 10.5km line linking Zouaghi in the city centre with the new town of Mendjeli to the south, together with a 2.7km branch to Mohamed Boudiaf International Airport. The line is due to be commissioned within 35 months of contract signing.

The initial 8.1km section from Benabdelmalek to Zouaghi was inaugurated in July 2013. The line is operated and maintained by Setram, a consortium of RATP Dev, France, Algiers Metro Enterprise (EMA), and Algiers Urban and Suburban Public Transport Enterprise (Etusa) under a 10-year contract.