Alstom will deploy APS technology on the Barcelona tram network

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French rolling stock manufacturer Alstom has been awarded a contract by the Barcelona Metropolitan Transport Authority to electrify the first phase of the Barcelona tram network connection in Spain.

The scope of the contract includes the deployment of Alstom’s APS Dynamic Ground Power System to connect existing tram lines, Trambaix and Trambesos.

With a length of 3.9 km, the link with the addition of six new stops aims to improve intramodality by connecting the tram to the suburban and metro networks.

This contract covers infrastructure works as well as the modernization of 18 trams in the existing fleet.

The system allows light rail vehicles to be powered through a segmented electric rail at street level.

Conductor segments will automatically turn on and off as the tram moves forward.

The APS, which is a catenary-free solution for trams, is currently in use in 11 cities on four continents, including Bordeaux, Tours, Rio de Janeiro, Istanbul, Dubai, Lusail and Sydney.

Alstom specifies that “362 trams use this solution every day on more than 145 km of tracks in commercial service and this represents to date 58 million kilometers traveled with APS”.

Launched in 2004, the Barcelona tram has six lines and 56 stops on a 29.22 km network that serves more than 26 million passengers a year.

Operated by 41 Citadis, the trams are manufactured and maintained by Alstom in Spain.

Earlier this month, Shanghai Alstom Transport Electrical Equipment won a contract from Nanjing Metro and CRRC Puzhen to supply advanced traction systems for metro cars in China.

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