Light Rail

Transdev is the world’s leading provider of light rail transit (LRT) solutions, with 22 systems running in 8 countries across four continents. The company’s pioneering position stems from an ability to provide comprehensive support to local authority partners; from initial feasibility studies to everyday success. Transdev not only has extensive expertise as a tram network operator, but through its sister company Transamo, it has worked with transport authorities to manage the planning, design, build and operation of over 161 miles of light rail.

Transdev worked in partnership with the first cities that revived this mode of transport in France in the mid-1980s, namely Nantes and Grenoble. Transdev's operation in Nantes pioneered a new era of mobility introducing the very first modern tramway in 1985. Today the network is over 43 km in length and the backbone of an internationally recognised example in urban mobility, carrying over 285,000 light rail passengers a day and continued ridership growth.

These systems, together with other hugely successful schemes across France have allowed Transdev to apply this experience to the provision of tram services in Spain, Australia and Ireland.

Luas, Dublin

In 1994, within the framework of its urban development plan, the City of Dublin decided to implement - in addition to its existing network - a light rail system, for quick and environmentally friendly transportation with high customer capacity to meet rush-hour demand. To build the light rail system, a dedicated agency, RPA, was set up to manage the project. In 2002 Transdev were awarded the contract to operate the 'Luas' light rail system in Dublin with the service becoming operational in 2004. In 2017 Luas was awarded Operator of the Year at The Global Light Rail Awards.

Luas In Brief:

  • There are two Luas tram lines, the Red Line and the Green Line:

  • The Red Line is 20kms in length and has 32 Stops. Operating from Tallaght to The Point and from Saggart to Connolly.

  • The Green Line is 22.4km in length and has 35 Stops. Operating from Brides  Glen to Broombridge.

  • 34.6 million passengers were carried in 2017

  • 100,000 passengers travel on average daily.

Luas Extensions:

  • Red Line Extension to Docklands (Busáras to The Point): December 8th 2009

  • Green Line Extension to Cherrywood (Sandyford to Brides Glen): October 16th 2010

  • Red Line Extension to Citywest (Belgard to Saggart): July 2nd 2011

  • Green Line Extension to Broombridge (St. Stephen's Green to Broombridge): December 9th 2017

Luas Trams:

  • 73 vehicles in total.

  • The trams are manufactured in La Rochelle, France by Alstom Transport.

  • They are model type Citadis 401 & 402

  • 40 Citadis 401 trams operate on the Red Line.

  • 26 Citadis 402 trams operate on the Green Line.

  • The Citadis 401 trams are 40m in length.

  • The Citadis 402 trams are 43m in length.

  • The Citadis 502 trams are 55m in length.

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