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AFD participates in financing the extension of the Casablanca tramway



           


Casablanca will build two new tramway lines (Photo: AFD)
Casablanca will build two new tramway lines (Photo: AFD)
MOROCCO / FRANCE. Agence Française de Développement (AFD) and Casa Transport en Site Aménagé signed a MAD 1.1 billion (€102 million) loan agreement on Monday 2 November 2020 for the construction of two new lines (T3 and T4) of the Casablanca tramway.

A technical assistance grant from AFD amounting to MAD 5.5 million (€510 K) will supplement this loan. "The implementation of lines T3 and T4 is an important step in (Casablanca's) urban transport plan. The long-term objective is to provide a quality public transport network that is as wide as possible and offers efficient intermodality with other modes of transport", commented Nabil Belabed, CEO of Casa Transport. For the Director of AFD in Morocco, Mihoub Mezouaghi, "the project also aims to promote adapted access for people with reduced mobility but also safer access for women to public transport, thus helping to facilitate their greater economic and social inclusion. Tramways are today the preferred mode of public transport in Casablanca". Currently on tramway lines T1 and T2, 49% of the users are women.

The partnership between AFD and Casa Transport began in 2012 with initial financing of €23M for the construction of the first tramway line in the Moroccan economic capital. In 2017, a second €30M financing made it possible to build a second line which was inaugurated in January 2019.

A tramway operated by RATP

The 14 km long T3 line (Boulevard Abdelkader Essahroui to Gare Casa Port via the city centre) will have twenty stations and five multimodal transfer points. The T4 line (Boulevard Okba Ibnou Nafiaa to Arab League Park via Boulevard Mohamed VI) will cover 12.5 km with nineteen stations and four transfer points. The two lines will be built simultaneously and will require a total investment of MAD 7 billion (€650 million) for a commissioning scheduled in 2024.

Consisting of Alstom Citadis trains, the Casablanca tramway (47.5 km, 2 lines and 71 stations today) is operated by the Moroccan subsidiary of the French RATP Dev (Régie Autonome des Transports Parisiens) under the authority of Casa Transport. It has carried 100 million passengers since it started operating in December 2012. In September 2017, RATP Dev won an invitation to tender from the Casablanca organising authority for a 12-year period. This new contract includes the commissioning, operation and maintenance of four new tramway lines and two BHNS (Bus à haut-niveau de service) lines.


Frédéric Dubessy


Wednesday, November 4th 2020



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