On March 27, the mayor of Rio de Janeiro city, Eduardo Paes, presented the prototype of Alstom´s tramway. The modal will run between the downtown and the port area of the city.
The prototype is exposed on Gamboa Street (between the railway sheds in Port Region , near the Ferroviário Tunnel Hill of Ferroviário do Morro da Providência) and visitation happens every day of the week, from 9am to 8pm.
Alstom is providing a catenary-free solution, which includes 32 Citadis plus power supply, signaling and telecommunication systems. The first five units of the tramway will be produced in Europe (France) and the others in the new plant to be installed in Brazil (Taubaté - SP), from technology transfer.
“It is an honor to be the supplier of such important project and that will be a milestone for changes in urban mobility of the population of a city," says Michel Boccaccio, Senior Vice President of Alstom Transport sector in Latin America.
The tramway is one of the world's first catenary free-solution (wires to capture power in overhead wires) and energy supply will be made by Aesthetic Power Supply (APS) system during stops, by a third rail, system deployed successfully in several European cities. In practice, it is a system to supply power by ground at a combined supercapacitor (embedded energy source). This catenary-free solution system was catenary chosen for not interfering on the local landscape, not causing visual pollution.
The system, which has 28 kilometers of track with six lines, will work 24 hours in the Centre and Port Region and will have the capacity to carry 285,000 people/day when all lines started to operate. Each car will be able to carry up to 415 passengers and the interval between tramways can range from three to 15 minutes, depending on the line and time of the day.
Alstom has already implemented the Citadis in more than 40 cities in the world with more than 1500 compositions.