Barcelona Chooses Light Rail Concession

Posted on May 8, 2000

Autoritat del Transport Metropolita Spa (ATM), the local transportation authority acting on behalf of the Regional Government of Catalunya, the Municipality of Barcelona and other local Municipalities and Authorities, chose the Group TramMet consortium for its 16.8 km light rail project. Group TramMet is a consortium of companies formed to undertake the project on a Finance, Design, Build, Operate and Maintain basis. Within this, ALSTOM is responsible for the overall technical management of the project and the supply of the electromechanical system including the provision of up to 20 Citadis low-floor modular light rail vehicles, the signaling and communication systems, and the traction power supply system. The aesthetic design of the trainsets will be specially adapted to maximize compatibility with the local Barcelona environment, according to ALSTOM. The concession consortium will be responsible for the system throughout the design and construction period and for 25 years of operation. Other members of the consortium are: a French and Spanish bank, three Spanish engineering and construction firms that will build the civil works plus install the track and the overhead catenary; and system operators CGEA Transport of France and Sarbus, Soler y Sauret and CGT of Spain. The overall cost of the project is projected to be 218 million euros (US $215 million). The line will enter revenue service in 2003. It will have 35 stops, and is expected to carry more than 19 million passengers per year.

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