Alstom Revamps LRVs to Meet Evolving Mobility Needs

Posted on November 28, 2018 by Janna Starcic, Executive Editor

An Alstom Citadis light rail tram making its way through the city center of Reims, France.
An Alstom Citadis light rail tram making its way through the city center of Reims, France.
The French port town of La Rochelle is home to an Alstom Transport production facility that builds high-speed and light rail vehicles (LRV) for cities around the globe. The facility, which encompasses design and manufacturing, as well as a two test tracks, produces Alstom’s Citadis low-floor light rail vehicle — 110 per year. Over 2,400 Citadis trams have been purchased to date by nearly 54 cities around the world (22 in France). More than 60 cities have plans for a tramway system in the next few years, according to Alstom officials.

LRV Redesign
Currently, the facility is manufacturing its newest iteration of the Citadis tram, the X05, for a number of cities, including Nice, France and Casablanca, Morocco. Earlier this year, Alstom began testing and commissioning of the world’s first Alstom Citadis X05 LRV for Sydney’s new 7.4-mile network, currently under construction.

According to the company, the Citadis was upgraded to deliver extra dimensions, capacity, flexibility, speed, and an enhanced passenger experience to allow higher service frequency throughout the day, and thereby, increase the number of people an operator can carry on a network per year.

The new LRVs designed for Sydney, include double-doors for improved access and passenger flows, large balcony style windows, multi-purpose areas, and ambient LED lighting. CCTV monitoring, emergency intercoms, and the latest wayfinding aids for passenger information and real-time travel information are also featured.

The Citadis X05 platform integrates new technologies for lower energy consumption (permanent magnet motors); easier sub-system integration and maintenance; higher speeds of up to 50 mph; operation on existing and new tracks; catenary-free range (besides APS).

The LRV also offers an 11% reduction of maintenance costs based on technical innovations, including an optimized monitoring system; Ethernet network for a quick download of monitoring data from a single access point for the upload of infotainment and passenger information system in manual or automatic wireless mode.

Charging system
Another recent Alstom innovation is its SRS conductive static charging system, which is designed to recharge tramway vehicles equipped with on-board energy storage at ground level, eliminating obtrusive overhead infrastructure equipment. The SRS allows the recharge of on-board equipment (super-capacitors and batteries) by contact in 20 seconds during normal dwell time at passenger stops.

The SRS is an unobtrusive, compact solution offering easy integration into the cityscape. Control of positioning and power supply functions are integrated within the same equipment (no extra signaling devices required).

As a conductive ground-level solution, SRS is compatible with a wide range of vehicle dimensions (width, height, and length), regardless of the manufacturer.
SRS is composed of fixed infrastructure equipment, leading to facilitated maintenance operations and higher availability of charging spots. This technology is derived from Alstom’s APS ground-level system, which supplies power through a third rail. The APS system for catenary-free tramway operation is in installed in seven cities worldwide with more than 20 million miles run, to date, according to the company.

Workers at Alstom’s La Rochelle, France-based production facility work on a Citadis X05 light rail vehicle.
Workers at Alstom’s La Rochelle, France-based production facility work on a Citadis X05 light rail vehicle.
Reims Tramway
The tram system in Reims, France, which launched April 2011, utilizes a catenary-free APS power supply on a portion (one mile) of its seven-mile system, which helps preserve the look of Reims’ historical city center. The system operates 18 Alstom Citadis trams serving 23 stations, with seven electrical substations.

The 105-foot-long low-floor vehicles are designed to suggest the look of a champagne glass to coincide with the city’s status as the “unofficial capital of the Champagne wine-growing region.”

View comments or post a comment on this story. (0 Comments)

More News

Valley Link feasibility report approved by Calif. rail board

Phase 1 of the proposed rail service would cover 41 miles connecting the existing Dublin/Pleasanton BART Station to the proposed ACE North Lathrop Station.

NJ TRANSIT seeks partners to advance TOD projects near light rail

The 37-mile River LINE right-of-way includes 21 station areas across 15 municipalities.

N.Y. MTA report finds subway can speed up by as much as 50%

An agency task force initiated a study that would lead to faster trains while prioritizing customer and employee safety.

Metra's proposed 2020 budget includes $480M in capital spending

Funding will make major investments in locomotives and railcars, stations, bridges, and yards.

Alstom to supply 42 Metropolis trains for Barcelona Metro

The contract, valued at over $285 million, includes the design, manufacturing and commissioning of the trains.

See More News

Post a Comment

Post Comment

Comments (0)

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher

Automotive Fleet

The Car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine

Business Fleet

managing 10-50 company vehicles

Fleet Financials

Executive vehicle management

Government Fleet

managing public sector vehicles & equipment



Work Truck Magazine

The number 1 resource for vocational truck fleets

Schoolbus Fleet

Serving school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada

LCT Magazine

Global Resource For Limousine and Bus Transportation