Alstom's APS ground power supply system is equipping Bordeaux’s extended tramway line A, inaugurated on Saturday January 24, 2015 by the Bordeaux Urban Community (CUB). This extension is part of the enlargement of the tramway network of the Bordeaux agglomeration.
Line A was inaugurated on December 21, 2003 by Alain Juppé and Jacques Chirac, initially running between the stations of Bordeaux-Mériadeck and Lormont-Lauriers/Cenon-La Morlette.
The line was extended on September 26, 2005 between Bordeaux-Mériadeck and Saint-Augustin in the west.
In 2007, it was extended two more times, from Cenon-La Morlette to Floirac-Dravemont in the east on February 27, and again from Saint-Augustin to Mérignac Centre in the west on June 21. In summer 2008, the Lormont branch was extended further.
The trains used on the line A are Citadis 300s, type 402, made by Alstom. Each train is 40 meters long and can seat 300 persons. All trains have air conditioning, and are capable of running either on overhead wires or on ground-level power supply (APS in French).
Line A uses both types of power supply, with APS in the center of Bordeaux as well as near Cenon-La Morlette, Lormont-Lauriers and Mérignac Centre, and overhead wires everywhere else.
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