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Alstom's Attractis rail system

Alstom Transport | Posted on June 10, 2015

Attractis is an integrated tramway designed for fast growing cities with high population density but not yet equipped with a tram system. It integrates Alstom’s proven know-how and expertise and includes the manufacturing of the Alstom’s Citadis tramways, building the infrastructure and maintaining the entire tram system. In partnership with a civil works company, Alstom builds all the necessary infrastructure and ensures the testing and commissioning of the entire line working with the operator.

Able to carry from 4,000 to up to 14,000 passengers per hour and per direction, Attractis can be easily adjusted to the level of ridership. The footprint of a two-way Attractis line is comparable to that of a bus rapid transit (BRT). Should ridership increase, the capacity of Attractis can easily be adapted using the same dedicated lane, whereas the footprint of a BRT lane needs to be doubled.

To ensure the availability of Attractis in the record time of 30 months, Alstom developed an optimized construction methodology involving intelligent section-by-section scheduling of civil and electromechanical works to minimize construction time, disturbance and costs. The Attractis package also includes a 3D driving simulator, enabling drivers to practice during the construction period, further optimizing the timing of the project.

Attractis is also the first rail system to adopt ITxPT (Information Technology for Public Transport), an open IT architecture designed to improve interoperability between IT systems and decrease costs related to multiple equipment. With this new norm, the integration of multimodal urban transport systems (tram, bus, electric car sharing services etc.) is synchronized, allowing transport authorities to offer passengers innovative information solutions, journey planners and e-ticketing systems.

Designed to optimize acquisition costs and the total cost of ownership, Attractis offers up to 20% savings in investment compared to a traditional tramway system. Alstom can also provide project financing support to customers, including Public-Private Partnership schemes. An eco-friendly mode of transportation, the tramway generates at least three to 10 times less greenhouse gas emissions than car per passenger.km travelled and even less in countries using low-carbon electricity.

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