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ALGIERS . AL JAZA'IR
 Algeria

Algiers Metro and Tram Map © R. Schwandl

 AL JAZA'IR

Algiers (al Jaza'ir or al Djazair; French Alger), the capital of Algeria, has some 3.5 million inhabitants. Algiers is an important seaport on the Mediterranean Sea, 425 km from Valencia or 750 km from Marseille.

 METRO

The construcion of the Algiers Metro was first launched in 1980, but suffered many delays and temporary suspensions. In 2006, it was relaunched with construction awarded to the Siemens-led consortium that includes Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles S.A. (CAF) and Vinci Construction. As consortium leader Siemens Transportation Systems France was responsible for the overall project management, the control and signaling systems, telecommunications, power supply, ticketing, tracks and control center equipment. The Spanish company CAF supplied the 14 metro trains, each of which consists of six cars. The French company Vinci Construction Grand Projets built the metro stations, installed the tunnel ventilation and erected the administration building and depot. The first section of the metro line in Algiers runs mainly underground, is 9.5 km long and has ten stations. The depot is located south of Haï El Badr station.

After some weeks of trial operation without passengers since 8 Sept 2011, Line 1 finally began regular service on 1 November 2011. It is operated by RATP El Djazaïr, a subsidiary of Régie Autonome des Transports Parisiens (RATP).

Extensions at both ends have been started. Eventually a 3-line network is planned.

Algiers Metro

31 Oct 2011: Official inauguration

01 Nov 2011: Start of regular revenue service Tafourah (Grande Poste) - Haï El Badr

 TRAM

Opened 2011

1 line:

- 08 May 2011 “Bananiers – H Moukhtar Zerhouni - Lycée” to “Bordj El kiffan - Mimouni Hamoud” (7.2 km)
- 14 June 2012 “Bananiers – H Moukhtar Zerhouni - Lycée” - "Les Fusillés" (9.1 km)
- 16 April 2014 “Bordj El kiffan - Mimouni Hamoud” to “Carrefour Café-Chergui” (4.2 km)

- eastern 2.8 km extension to Dergana under construction which will bring the total length of the line to 23.3 km

Rolling stock: 41 Alstom Citadis (40 m)

Alstom Citadis ETUSA
Photo: Alstom

 

 Links

Métro d'Alger (EMA - Official Site)

Etablissement de Transport Urbain et Suburbain d'Alger (ETUSA)

Société Nationale des Transports Ferroviaires (SNTF) (Suburban Rail)

Metro Algiers at Wikipedia.de Alger metro

Tramway d'Alger at Wikipedia.fr

Project Map

Tram and Metro stations in Google Maps

Stadler Flirt SNTF

 


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