The rolling stock for Mauritius Metro Express project will consist of 18 trams each with 7 modules manufactured by CAF and valued at over €100 million. The model selected is the Urbos-3 100% Low Floor with a total capacity of 307 persons per tram (78 seated and 229 standees). The Urbos 3 trams will have a maximum operating speed of 80 km/h with a peak acceleration and deceleration of 1.34 m/s2. The total time for the whole journey is expected to be 40 minutes.
- 100% Low floor
- Power supply: Catenary 750 V DC
- Track Gauge: 1435 mm
- Two-way operation
- 7 Modules per tram
- Automatic Vehicle Localisation System (AVLS)
- Transit Signal Priority System (TSPS)
- Maximum speed: 80 km/h
The trams will be operated between Port Louis and Curepipe, a 26 km long route consisting of 19 stations, two of which will be elevated. The first section, between Port Louis and Rose-Hill is expected to be in service as from next year.
Who is CAF?
CAF (Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles) is a Spanish company which manufactures railway equipment and vehicles since 1917. The company’s catalogue consists of a large range of trains including tram, light rail and rapid transit train among others. Over the years, CAF has supplied a number of trains to operators all around the world and Mauritius will be among their long list of operators next year.
What about Urbos?
Urbos is a family of trains by CAF. There are three generations of Urbos train, Urbos 1, Urbos 2 and Urbos 3. As of today, only the last generation is being manufactured. Two variants of the Urbos 3 are also available, the Urbos 100-3e and the Urbos 70-3e where 100 and 70 represent the low floor design by percentage. As per the specification of the tram, the latter can reach a maximum speed of 70 km/h and can be assembled with 3, 5, 7 or 9 modules.