AL JAZA'IR Algiers (al Jaza'ir or al Djazair; French Alger), the capital of Algeria, has some 3.5 million inhabitants. Algiers is an important seaport on the Mediterranean Sea, 425 km from Valencia or 750 km from Marseille. METRO The construcion of the Algiers Metro was first launched in 1980, but suffered many delays and temporary suspensions. In 2006, it was relaunched with construction awarded to the Siemens-led consortium that includes Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles S.A. (CAF) and Vinci Construction. As consortium leader Siemens Transportation Systems France was responsible for the overall project management, the control and signaling systems, telecommunications, power supply, ticketing, tracks and control center equipment. The Spanish company CAF supplied the 14 metro trains, each of which consists of six cars.
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