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Casablanca Tramway, Morocco [free access]

May 1, 2017

Key players: Casa Transport SA is the developer. It is jointly owned by the national government, Greater Casablanca regional government, Hassan II Fund for Economic and Social Development, State Pension Fund, National Office for Railways of Morocco/ Office National des Chemins de Fer du Maroc (ONCF), and Banque Centrale Populaire SA.

 

Casa Tram has secured the contract to operate and maintain the line for five years. It comprises Régie Autonome des Transports Parisiens (RATP) Dev, Caisse de Dépôt et de Gestion and Transinvest. In July 2012, Casa Tram outsourced the contract for maintenance of the fleet and infrastructure to France-based Alstom.

 

Project description: Expansion of the tramway in Casablanca, Morocco.

 

Background: The existing network comprises a 31-km line from Ennassim to Ain Diab and Facultés, covering 48 stations. The line opened in December 2012 at a cost of USD550 million. France-based Systra and local firm CID Engineering and Development Consultants managed the construction. The 12-year operating contract for the network (including Line 1) is expected to be awarded by May 2017. Bids were invited in June 2016 and three bidders have been shortlisted.

 

Rolling stock and technology: In 2009, Alstom secured a EUR190-million contract to supply and maintain 74 Citadis trams. The contract also includes options for the supply of additional train sets, as well as maintenance of the tram fleet over a 15-year period. In February 2010, French trade and transport officials approved a loan of USD307 million to fund the purchase of rolling stock. In 2010, Alstom secured the contract to install signalling and power supply systems.

 

Ridership: The system recorded a cumulative ridership of 100 million passengers till May 2016.

 

Extension and new lines:  The following line will be developed to expand the system:

 

Line 1 extension: It will span 23.5 km. Construction contract has been awarded.

 

Line 2: It will span 22.5 km from Anoual to Sidi Bernoussi. Construction is ongoing and expected to be completed in 2018 at an investment of MAD3.3 billion. In October 2015, Alstom secured a EUR100-million contract to supply 50 two-car Citadis trams as well as power supply and signalling system. In June 2016, Yapi Merkezi secured a EUR83-million construction contract.

 

In January 2017, Engie Ineo and Engie Cofely Maroc secured a USD52-million contract to equip the Line 1 extension and Line 2. The company plans to deploy the Navineo system on both lines, which will handle real-time operations from the control room and provide information to passengers. It will also install signalling equipment and closed circuit television (CCTV), as well as intercom, public address, access control and fire detection systems.

 

Line 3: It will span 14 km from Lahraouyine to Gare Casa Port. Tenders for the preliminary design studies were launched in February 2016. Bids have been submitted and are currently under study. Operations are expected to commence by 2022. The investment is estimated to be MAD3.08 billion.

 

Line 4: It will span 14 km from Bd Mohammed VI to Sidi Maârouf. Tenders for preliminary design studies were launched in February 2016. Bids have been submitted and are currently under study. Operations are expected to commence by 2022. The investment is estimated to be MAD3.08 billion.

 

In March 2017, bids were invited to supply rolling stock for Lines 3 and 4. The last date for submission of bids is July 4, 2017.

 

In April 2017, Casa Transports announced that preliminary studies for Lines 3 and 4 are expected to be completed by June 2017. Construction bids are expected to be invited immediately after the completion of studies and the actual construction is expected to begin in 2018.

 

Line 5: It will span 18 km from My Rachid to Mosquee Hassan II. Tenders for the preliminary design studies were launched in February 2016. Bids have been submitted and are currently under study. Operations are expected to commence by 2020-21. The investment is estimated to be MAD3.96 billion.

 

Line 6: It will span 10 km from Hay Errahma to Hay Hassani. The investment is estimated to be MAD2.22 billion.

 

Recent developments:

 

(1 EUR [Euro] = 1.09 USD; 1 MAD [Moroccan Dirham] = 0.1 USD)