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First modern tramway in Latin America for Brasília

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The project includes the supply of 16 Citadis tramways and the construction of an 8 km stretch of track (1.2 km of which will use APS ground-level power supply technology). This cutting-edge technology provides power to tramways without the use of catenary systems - which helps preserve the urban environment and architectural heritage of city centres. In use since 2003 in Bordeaux and selected by the cities of Reims, Angers, Orleans and Dubai, APS technology is ideal for a forward-thinking city such as Brasília.

The Brazilian capital will thus become the first city in Latin America to have a modern tramway system - a means of transport that has been hugely successful in other cities. It allows planners to rethink and revitalise urban spaces, while preserving architectural heritage and contributing to city growth, without damaging the environment. Around the world to date, 29 cities have ordered a total of 1,221 of Alstom's Citadis trams.

The tramways supplied for Brasília will be able to carry more than 400 passengers per trainset - the equivalent of more than six buses . In terms of capacity, the solution selected for this project is required to carry 120 to 200,000 passengers per day. Alstom will also provide Brasília with electric power systems, as well as telecommunications and ticket distribution systems.

Through this new project, Alstom is strengthening its foothold in the Brazilian rail transport market. The company is involved in numerous projects to modernise Brazil's urban transport networks. These include, for example, a contract signed in July 2009 to supply 48 cars for the Brasília metro and the modernisation of its signalling system. Alstom is also supplying 16 metro and will provide an automatic train control system for the São Paulo metro. Alstom employs around 4000 people in Brazil, half of them working for the rail industry.

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