Luxtram, which will be the country’s first light rail system, will serve the city of Luxembourg, currently with a population of a little over 110,000. Among others, it will connect the airport, station and Kirchberg, where the city’s European institutions are located, along a North-South axis. The city’s increasing urban density, traffic levels with hyper peaks along the major mobility corridors and saturation of the existing modes are at the heart of this project’s design.
The three-year contract will enable the Group to provide the full breadth of its expertise to Luxtram S.A. in order to guarantee the transportation system’s exploitability and maintainability, and implement the necessary structure for operation and maintenance. The Nantes (France) transportation network, a European reference for mobility, will provide the future light rail network with its operation safety experience, as the network sponsor within the consortium.
A world first, over the 3.6 km city center section, Luxtram will use an in-ground, fast charging system at the stops. This innovative solution eliminates the need for overhead contact wires and protects the architectural environment of the city’s old quarter, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Luxtram S. A. will open an initial segment of the line for commercial service as early as September 2017. Ultimately, the complete 16.2 km line will have 15 stops, nine interchanges and 32 CAF 42-meter vehicles for an estimated ridership of 40,000 passengers a day
A subsidiary of Caisse des Dépôts and Veolia, Transdev is a world leader in mobility. Transdev guides and supports local transport authorities from pre-project phase, to project support and development, to everyday operation of transport networks. With 83,000 employees in 20 countries, the group operates 43,000 vehicles and 22 light rail networks. In 2014, Transdev generated €6.6bn in turnover.