RATPDEV

Casablanca tram line T2 and the T1 line extension officially open

On Wednesday 23 January, His Majesty the King Mohammed VI officially opened the second phase of the Casablanca tram network at a ceremony in Sidi Bernoussi. RATP Group subsidiary RATP Dev is proud to have played its part, alongside Casa Transports, in bringing the new tram line T2 and the tram line T1 extension to life and expanding the city’s public transport network.

Tram line T2 opens to passengers today. The new line, which extends the tram system to 47 km and promises an improved passenger service is part of His Majesty the King Mohammed VI’s plan to turn Casablanca into a global metropolis and Africa’s first smart city.

As of today, the people of Casablanca will enjoy a quick, easy and safe connection between Sidi Bernoussi and Ain Diab, and between Sidi Moumen and Lissasfa. The extended tram system, stretching to 47 km and 70 stations, will make a real difference to people’s lives. Passengers will be able to change at one of three dedicated interchange hubs.

Nabil Belabed
CEO of Casa Transports SA

Today marks the second major milestone in Africa’s most ambitious urban transport project. Our close working relationship with the local authorities and Casa Transports has been vital to the project’s success. We have been working hand in hand to deliver a convenient, punctual, safe network with high-quality services for the people of Casablanca, and to help make mobility the backbone of Africa’s first smart city.

Laurence Batlle
RATP Dev Chief Executive Officer

The new tram line T2 has 33 stations and passes through nine districts with a combined population of 1,058,220.

Tram line T1, meanwhile, has been extended out to the western Lissasfa district. The line now runs to 24 km and has 37 stations.

Service frequency on tram line T2 will increase gradually, eventually reaching one tram every 6 minutes at peak times. On tram line T1, frequency will rise to one tram every 5 minutes at peak times.

The city’s tram line T2 project has created around 250 new frontline jobs at the Sidi Bernoussi maintenance centre, including 150 client service roles.

Plant conservation and full-width development were important parts of the project. A new, green corridor has been created along the entire length of the track, with more than 2,500 trees planted and two showpiece squares created (Sraghna Square and Ain Sebaa Prefecture Square).

His Majesty the King Mohammed VI officially kicked off the construction work in January 2016. It took 28 months to complete tram line T2. Testing began in May 2018, and the trial runs in real-life traffic conditions took place in September 2018. In total, the project cost 4.3 billion dirhams (approximately 395 million euros).