The 43.7m-long vehicles are being assembled by Cital, a joint venture of Alstom, Algiers Metro Company (EMA), Ferrovial, and Algerian National Railways (SNTF), at its facility in Annaba in eastern Algeria.

The 70km/h seven-section vehicles run on four powered bogies and one trailer bogie and accommodate up to 302 passengers.

The LRVs carry a golden-brown livery which is intended to epresent the colour of wheat fields, a symbol of the city.

The initial $US 420m phase of the network comprises two lines totalling 17.8km with 26 stations. The project is being managed by EMA with Yapi Merkezi, Turkey carrying out civil works under a contract awarded in 2013. Commercial services are expected to begin at the end of this year.

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