MOROCCO: Casablanca transport authority Casa Transports has selected a consortium of RATP Dev, Caisse de Dépôt et de Gestion du Maroc and Transinvest to operate and maintain the tramway which is scheduled to open on December 12.

The five-year contract announced on July 13 is worth €70m, plus a further €20m if RATP Dev is also selected to maintain the 74 Citadis trams which Alstom is to supply for operating as paired sets.

The 30·5 km Y-shaped line with 48 stops will run east to southwest across the city. Ridership is predicted to reach 255000 passengers/ day from 2015.

'RATP group aims to become a world leader in tramway lines and boasts internationally acknowledged expertise in this form of transport', said RATP Dev Executive Board Chairman Jean-Marc Janaillac.