Tram 111 reaches one million kilometers traveled with passengers. The island councilor for Mobility and president of Metrotenerife, Enrique Arriagareports it is the first unit, of the 26 that make up the fleet, to reach this historical figurejust about to commemorate the 15th Anniversary of the Island Tramnext June 2.
Metrotenerifetransportation company councilalready has this first tram, unit 111, to reach that million kilometers traveled with passengers on board since the start-up of the light rail in the island’s metropolitan area in 2007.
Arriaga details that “this milestone has a special meaning for us because we will soon commemorate the 15th anniversary of the commissioning”. It adds that tram 111 was one of the first units to arrive on the Island and one of those that began to circulate with the start of commercial service on June 2, 2007. Like the rest of the vehicles that make up the Tenerife tram fleet , the units have undergone continuous maintenance and revisions to keep them in the best conditions for service.
In this sense, the 111 has been the first tram that has passed through the corresponding 10-year technical stoppage, that is, a set of maintenance tasks for the complete review of all your equipment. During this operation, all the elements subject to wear are replaced and repaired, and the paint that is in poor condition is cleaned up. The final objective is to ensure the correct functioning of the equipment and guarantee the reliability and safety of all the elements of the vehicle. In short, it is about leaving the tram like new. These comprehensive maintenance tasks are carried out in approximately a month and a half with each tram.
For all these reasons, Arriaga would like to thank “the work and commitment shown every day by the Metrotenerife Maintenance team so that the trams circulate with the quality ratios that we demand in the tram service”.
For his part, the insular director of Mobility, Joseph Albert Leon, underlines that «our trams are unique in terms of accessibility and from a technical point of view, as they have all their motorized bogies to safely overcome the difference in level and the continuous slope that our network shows. They belong to the Citadis 302 model, manufactured by the Alstom company and it is one of the most modern and safest in the guided transport market».
The history of the light rail
The Tenerife tram has two lines in service in the metropolitan area that circulate between the main cities of the island, Santa Cruz and La Laguna. Route 1, 12.5 kilometers long and with 21 stops, joins the Transport Interchange of the Tenerife capital with Trinidad Avenue, in Aguere. It connects with the transverse Line 2, 3.6 kilometers long and 6 stops, two for transshipment, Hospital Universitario and El Cardonal
The Tenerife Tram was officially inaugurated on June 2, 2007, with the first line. Later, on May 30, 2009, the second began to operate, whose route begins in La Cuesta and ends in Tíncer.