Casablanca metro

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The Casablanca Metro was a public transport project dating from the 1970s[1] in Casablanca, Morocco. It was designed to address the need for public transport in Casablanca, which suffers from traffic congestion caused by the city's growth.[2] The project was abandoned and then reopened several times, most recently in 2013, when the city announced that it will build a 15-kilometer long metro line above ground, connecting the city's Sidi Moumen neighbourhood with the Boulevard de la Corniche near the Hassan II Mosque.[3][4] However, on June 30, 2014, the Casablanca city council decided to abandon the metro project due to high costs; instead, the city will focus on expanding its existing tram lines.[5]

History[edit]

Formally launched in the 1980s, the project has never been continued due to geographical reasons. A lot of alternatives were presented and accepted, like the combination of the Casablanca tramway and RER system, which is designed to offer coverage similar to the planned metro system.

The Casablanca elevated metro line, as proposed in 2013.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Korso, Merouane (7 July 2014). "Le métro fantôme de Casablanca disparaît de nouveau…au profit du Tramway" [The ghost metro of Casablanca disappears again... for the benefit of the tramway] (in French). Maghreb Emergent. Retrieved 24 November 2015. 
  2. ^ Baldé, Assanatou (4 July 2014). "Maroc : le métro de Casablanca tombe à l'eau..." [Morocco: The Casablanca Metro falls overboard...] (in French). Afrik.com. Retrieved 24 November 2015. 
  3. ^ Barrow, Keith (6 August 2014). "Casablanca scraps metro plan in favour of trams". International Railway Journal. Retrieved 23 November 2015. 
  4. ^ "Un métro aérien pour Casablanca" [An elevated metro for Casablanca] (in French). Le Figaro. 26 August 2013. Retrieved 23 November 2015. 
  5. ^ "Le tram, mais pas de métro aérien à Casablanca" [Tram yes, but no elevated metro in Casablanca] (in French). Le Figaro. 3 July 2014. Retrieved 23 November 2015.