A MEETING OF TRAMS BETWEEN THE BROADSTONE AND GRANGEGORMAN STOPS
In August 2021, a viral tweet began to circulate, improperly claiming the Luas was free of charge. Transdev issued a statement to confirm that this is not the case and ticketless travellers face a €100 fine. Some claimed that “luas” was the Irish for free but it is in fact it means speed. I should mention that public transport is free if you are over 66 years of age.
The silver Alstom Citadis trams, manufactured in La Rochelle, France, reach a top speed of 70 km/h on off-street sections, but travel at a slower speed on-street where conflicts with other vehicles and pedestrians can occur.
The 26 initial Red Line ‘3000’ Class trams were 30-metre (98 ft) long Citadis 301 configurations with a capacity of 256. The 14 Green Line ‘4000 Class’ trams, each 40-metre (131 ft 3 in) long Citadis 401 configurations, have a capacity of 358 including two wheelchairs. Starting in 2007, all the Red line trams were upgraded to 40 metres (131 ft 3 in) by inserting two more articulated sections, with the last one converted by June 2008. Both configurations of tramcars are fully compatible with both the Red and the Green Lines.
26 new 43-metre Citadis 402 trams, numbered as the ‘5000 Class’, were ordered for delivery in early 2009. These are 100% low-floor configuration and solely operate on the Green Line, with the 4000 Class trams cascaded to the Red Line after the entire 5000 Class had been introduced.
7 further, 55-metre (180 ft 5 in) Citadis 402 variants were procured for use on the St. Stephen’s Green – Broombridge line. They were brought into service between January and June 2018. These are numbered as members of the 5000 Class, with all existing 5000 Class units being lengthened to match. 8 further new units were ordered for delivery during 2020, with the first of those entering service in July 2020. In October 2019, it was announced that 26 existing Green Line trams would be extended to 55 metres (180 ft 5 in).