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(France )DOUAI

Douai
Douai, located into a mining region, is developing a magnetic tram-on-tyre network, articulated in 4 lines:
- Line 1 (19,5 km), from Aniche (rue Edmond Laudeau) to Douai (Pont d'Esquerchin);
- Line 2 (5,2 km), from Dechy (Centre Hospitalier) to Douai (place Carnot);
- Line 3 (4,7 km), from Auby (place de la Republique) to Douai (pont d'Esquerchin);
- Line 4 (5,2 km), on the route Douai (La Templerie)-Waziers-Douai (place Carnot).
The system concept is to reduce the increasing of road congestion (private cars desplacements are more than 60%), mostly caused by the delocalization of residential areas in the suburbs, not balanced by a corrisponding pubblic transport offer towards the city center.
The first phase of the tramway (Guesnain Bougival-Douai Citè Technique, 12 km, 21 stops) opened on 8 Febrauary 2010, once obtained all the necessary homologations. It's currently operated manually, waiting for the completion of the magnetic guidance system.
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description uptaded on Jan 29th, 2011

map created on Jan 29th, 2011 (© 2005-2014 Ing. M. Tarozzi)

CHRONOLOGY
08-02-2010Guesnain Bougival-Douai Citè Technique

CountryFrance
LineLine A
InhabitantsCity 42.000, District 170.000
Date opening2010
Future development:4 lines network
Length (km)12
Track sectionsmostly in reserved lanes
Stops21, average distance m 400
Platforms--
Platform doors--
General characteristics--
n. of vehicles12 (18 m: 10; 24 m: 2)
n. of cars per vehicle18 m: 2; 24 m: 3
Typerubber tyres mono-directional
Vehicle dimensions (m)length 18/24, width 2.50
Vehicle capacity (pax)18 m: 120; 24 m: 180
Frequency 10'/
Current/VoltageGPL engines+batteries
Type of guide/gaugemagnetic markers every 4-5 m along the track
Speed Km/hComm. 24, Max 80
Accel./Decel. (m/sec2)1.3/
System capacity900 pphpd
Ridership18.000 pax/day
Total cost11.5 M Euro/km
Staff--
System builderAPTS
ModelPhileas
NOTElow floor cars
long term option for hydrogen feeded engines
technical data uptaded on Jan 29th, 2011