Improving the quality of life for inhabitants
A ceremony was held on 1 November in the city centre and then at the head office of the SETRAM operating unit in the presence of His Excellency, the minister for public works and transports, the president of Entreprise du Métro d'Alger (EMA), the CEO of SETRAM and of the director of the RATP Dev Asia-Middle East-North Africa business unit, along with a large number of Sidi Bel Abbès inhabitants.
The city of Sidi Bel Abbès in western Algeria has suffered from growing congestion as a result of increasing population density. The tramway is part of the Algerian state’s policy to improve citizens’ mobility by modernising transport resources.
The line expects several million passengers yearly and will stretch along 14 km with 22 stops and five sales agencies.
RATP Dev commitment in Algeria
SETRAM will be handling operation and maintenance for the tramway line. The joint venture established by RATP Dev, EMA and TRANSTEV group already runs the tramway in Algiers, Constantine and Oran and each year carries nearly 40 million passengers.
The operating unit will have an overall workforce of 370, most of whom will be hired locally in Sidi Bel Abbès and initially trained in the Oran unit and at the urban rail transport training institute in Algiers.
“We are delighted and proud to offer the citizens of Sidi Bel Abbès a modern, reliable and clean transport service ensuring an easy and enjoyable mobility experience on a day-to-day basis. Our commitment in Algeria alongside EMA is a solid, long-term one”.
Raising locals’ awareness about a new mode of transport
SETRAM held open days between 9 and 19 July to raise awareness and inform locals about safety rules and best practice for the tramway. A full-scale model of a Sidi Bel Abbès train called the TRAMBOX was built for the occasion. Sales agents, supervisors and maintenance specialists have made an extra effort to help the tramway’s future users during the pre-operation period.