RATP Dev has again retained the trust of Casa Transports, the transport authority in Casablanca, to operate, maintain and develop the tramway network for the Casablanca conurbation. The renewed contract is for twelve years and began on 13 December 2017. Thanks to a new contract including commissioning, operation and maintenance for four new tramway lines and two BHLS lines, RATP Dev Casablanca (the new name for the local entity) will be the operator of the most ambitious urban transport project in Africa.
The new contract includes several initiatives to ensure even more optimised service:
- RATP Dev to install the Data Innovation Centre in Casablanca: this hub for designing and experimenting with big data solutions puts the Casablanca metropole at the heart of the RATP Dev innovation approach;
- Implementation of a recruitment and training program led by RATP Dev in partnership with local authorities and the relevant Moroccan organisations to identify and support the skills development of qualified individuals.
Line 1 was inaugurated on 12 December 2012. It is 30 km long with 48 stops and connects the eastern parts of the city (Sidi Moumen, Moulay Rachid) with the south-west (Hay Hassani and the university district) via the city centre. There are currently 140,000 trips per day and some 250,000 passengers are expected per day with interoperability with bus.
In 2012, the tram was a completely novel concept in Casablanca. Today, 140,000 people use it every day.