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Old March 18th, 2014, 03:59 PM   #1
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ADDIS ABABA | Public Transport

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Addis Abeba tram supplier selected
17 Mar 2014



ETHIOPIA: CNR Corp announced on March 17 that it had been selected to supply 41 trams to Addis Abeba.

The three-section 70% low-floor vehicles would have a minimum floor height of 350 mm and a maximum speed of 70 km/h. The first trams are to be delivered at the end of 2014.

Adaptations to local conditions would include ultraviolet-resistant materials, including tinted windows that screen out 90% of ultraviolet radiation, and enclosed roof-mounted electrical equipment and fast draining roofs to cope with the rainy season
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Old March 18th, 2014, 04:19 PM   #2
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Some years back Addis Abbeba bought the unfinished tram project from Szeged (HU) named KT8A3-M-LF. It was supposed to be a tram with low floor sections composed of 2 old Tatra trams. Any info?
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With a population of 5 million it's about time Addis Ababa develops some kind of organized transportation.

I wonder what urban transportation is like in the city.
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Old March 19th, 2014, 12:43 AM   #4
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I always thought that the major roads in Addis Ababa are narrow, usually having no more than four lanes total. Also, I should have had the stations' platforms be long enough to accommodate two of the tram vehicles.

How is Addis Ababa building a so-called "light rail" system?
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Old March 19th, 2014, 02:30 AM   #5
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Some years back Addis Abbeba bought the unfinished tram project from Szeged (HU) named KT8A3-M-LF. It was supposed to be a tram with low floor sections composed of 2 old Tatra trams. Any info?
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I always thought that the major roads in Addis Ababa are narrow, usually having no more than four lanes total. Also, I should have had the stations' platforms be long enough to accommodate two of the tram vehicles.

How is Addis Ababa building a so-called "light rail" system?
If you have functioning public transport and nice bike/ped paths 2x2 roads can work fine.
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Old March 19th, 2014, 02:41 AM   #6
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Nice project for Addis Ababa...
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Old March 19th, 2014, 03:03 AM   #7
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Old March 19th, 2014, 03:09 AM   #8
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Interesting, and all this is done just for the capital of the African Union.
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Also, I should have imagined Addis Ababa's new "Light Rail" system as being like the Copenhagen Metro or Honolulu's new rail transit line, not to mention any at-grade sections.
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Old April 22nd, 2014, 06:47 PM   #10
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Electrification starts on Addis Ababa LRT lines
Tuesday, April 22, 2014



CHINA Railway Engineering Corporation has started work to electrify the 34.3km two-line light rail network under construction in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa

The electrification works include the installation of 850 masts, 143km of overhead catenary, and 18 sub-stations.
The east-west line is 17.4km long and runs from Ayat to Torhailoch, while the 16.9km north-south links Minelik Square with Kality. The two lines share a 2.7km common section between Meskel Square and Lideta. Construction started in 2012 and is now 60% complete.

CNR, China, is supplying a fleet of 41 70% low-floor LRVs to Addis Ababa. The first vehicles are due to arrive by the end of the year to allow three months of test running to start in January 2015. The lines will have a capacity of 15,000 passengers/hour/direction.

Ethiopian Railways Corporation (ERC), which is responsible for implementing the $US 475m project, plans to appoint a private operator to run the network. "We will seek for an internationally-recognised company to hire as a management contractor when we begin operations," says ERC's director general, Dr Getachew Betru. "The safety and security of our customers is our biggest priority."
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Old August 27th, 2014, 12:23 PM   #11
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First LRV for Addis Ababa on test
Wednesday, August 27, 2014



DYNAMIC testing of the first LRV for the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa is underway at the CNR Changchun plant in China.

The fleet of 41 three-section 70% low-floor vehicles will have a maximum speed of 70km/h. The first vehicles are scheduled for delivery at the end of this year, with the final units due to arrive in Ethiopia in January.

Addis Ababa is 2400m above sea level and the vehicles are therefore equipped for operation in high levels of ultraviolet light, with cabling, window films and rubber window surrounds designed to isolate 90% of UV rays

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How exciting for the city! I can't wait to visit someday.

Also, I had no idea Addis Ababa was at such a high altitude!
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Old November 19th, 2014, 08:57 PM   #13
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Chinese to maintain Addis Ababa LRT network
Wednesday, November 19, 2014



ETHIOPIAN Railway Corporation (ERC) has selected a consortium of China Railway Engineering Corporation (CREC) and Shenzhen Metro Group to maintain the new 34km Addis Ababa light rail network

ERC will now negotiate the terms of the five-year contract which is expected to be worth $US 116m.

The double-track electrified light rail network has two lines, each 17km long, with a total of 41 stations. An east-west line runs from Ayat Village via Megenagna, Legehar and Mexico Square to Torhai Loch, and a north-south line links Menelik Square, Merkato, Lideta, Legehar, Meskel Square, Gotera and Kaliti. The two lines share a section of track in the city centre. The network is designed to carry 15,000 passengers per hour per direction.

CNR is due to start delivery of the fleet of 41 LRVs at the end of the year
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Old February 2nd, 2015, 07:42 PM   #14
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Testing begins on Addis Ababa LRT
Monday, February 02, 2015



TRIAL operation of the Addis Ababa light rail network was officially launched on February 2 in the presence of Ethiopia's prime minister Mr Hailemariam Dessalegn, deputy prime minister Mr Demeke Mekonnen, foreign affairs minister Dr Tedros Adhanom and the city's mayor Mr Dirba Kuma

Public services are due to begin in May on the 34km two-line network, which was constructed by China Railway Group

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Old February 2nd, 2015, 08:22 PM   #15
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To me this looks more like a proper metro, rather than light rail. The only difference is that they are apparently going to use fairly low capacity vehicles for that. The stations seem to be designed to handle bigger train units however.

Is this entire system grade separated?
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will there be coupled units ?
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Old March 10th, 2015, 11:18 PM   #17
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Addis Ababa Light Rail









Lideta N 9.012069, E 38.734773






Merkato 9.034382, 38.745525





Stadium/Meskel Square N 9.012003,E 38.757788







Depot / Green line N 8.936342, E 38.764397



Depot / Blue line N 9.023812,E 38.868556



Mexico Square
N 9.010321, E 38.747411






Menelik II Square N 9.035805, E 38.751357



Gotera N 8.981047, E 38.759199



Urael 9.015174, 38.786880



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dimlys1994 is it possible for u to rename this thread into Addis Ababa | Light Rail ?
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Old April 4th, 2015, 02:24 PM   #20
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dimlys1994 is it possible for u to rename this thread into Addis Ababa | Light Rail ?
I don't think so. It's useless. And I have no resposibilites on renamimg the thread - it's authority of moderators. But even in this case, they won't agree to rename thread, where you can speak here not just about light rail, but also about city bus services
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