METROPOLITAN Mass Transit Systems (NTA) has awarded a €1.015bn contract to a consortium of CAF and construction firm Shapir to construct and equip the 27km Purple light rail line in Tel Aviv, which is expected to be fully operational by 2027.

The contract consists of the design, construction, financing and maintenance of the line for 25 years. The new line will have 45 stations as well as a depot for fleet maintenance.

The contract also includes the construction of 98 low-floor five-section 35m-long Urbos LRVs, with an option for a further 32 LRVs in the future.

The new line will run from Complex 2000, in the centre of Tel Aviv adjacent to the Arolozorov railway station, to the eastern part of the city centre, where it will split into two branches, with one running north to the Bar Ilan University area, and the other east to the neighbouring city of Yehud-Monoson.

The CAF portion of the contract is worth €525m and consists of the design and manufacture of the LRVs, the supply of signalling, energy and communication systems and project integration. CAF will also have a 50% stake in the special purpose vehicle (SPV) company that will manage the line’s maintenance.

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