ONJULY 4 the Comune di Roma selected CAF of Spain to supply a fleet of 33 six-car trains to boost capacity on metro Line A. The €231m deal includes an option for a further 12 sets, and provision for a five-year maintenance agreement. Delivery of the first train to Metro.Ro is due 22 months after the contract becomes effective.

Each 1·5 kV DC unit will be formed of four motor and two trailer cars, with a continuous rating of 2 560 kW. Similar to the latest CAF cars for Madrid, the aluminium-bodied vehicles will incorporate several advanced features including on-board security cameras.

Roma expects to call tenders later this year for a 3·8 km branch running northeast from Bologna on Line B to Conca d’Oro, designated Line B1. This will have intermediate stations at Nomentana, Annibaliano and Gondar. Studies are also under way for an eastern extension of Line B from Rebibbia to Tiburtina.