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Industry news • 10 November 2016 • Katie Sadler, Digital Content Producer, Eurotransport
The agglomeration community of Caen la Mer in north-west France will soon receive 23 Alstom Citadis X05 trams in a contract worth approximately €52 million.
Industry news • 11 October 2016 • Katie Sadler, Digital Content Producer, Eurotransport
Keolis, the incumbent operator of the TCL public transport network in Lyon, is to continue operations following almost 24 months of negotiations.
Industry news • 4 October 2016 • Katie Sadler, Digital Content Producer, Eurotransport
The first Alstom Citadis trams for cross-border services between the city of Strasbourg in France and Kehl in Germany have been delivered for operational testing.
RATP’s real estate enhancement policy in Paris – for a multifunctional, sustainable and socially responsible city
Issue 2 2016 • 3 May 2016 • Rémi Feredj, Head of Assets and Industrial Planning Department, RATP
To match the growth in transport offering and renewed bus, metro and RER rolling stock requirements, RATP Group is adapting its industrial facilities in Paris (extensions, restructuring and modernisation) to maintain the quality of its transport networks and service provided for passengers. By transforming enclosed industrial sites into genuine components of the city, RATP asserts its position as a major contributor to the city, in addition to fulfilling its key mobility role. RATP’s Head of Assets and Industrial Planning Department Rémi Feredj explains that the main objectives are to improve infrastructure, maintain workshops as close as possible to essential areas, ensure long-term industrial employment in the city, promote urban integration by guaranteeing architectural quality and accompany the modernisation and innovation approach, in particular with regard to ecological design…
Issue 4 2015 • 2 September 2015 • Alain Vidalies
This year France will host and chair the 21st session of the Conference of Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21). As Alain Vidalies – French Secretary of State for Transport, Sea and Fisheries from the Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy – explains, France is all set to play a leading role, and will seek to meet the challenge of becoming an ‘environmental excellence’ country…
Issue 4 2015 • 2 September 2015 • Marie-Claude Dupuis, Head of the Bus Rolling Stock Department, RATP
RATP has a green vision for the future. Head of the Bus Rolling Stock Department, Marie-Claude Dupuis, explains that in order to meet these goals by 2025, the public transport operator is hugely investing in sustainable buses that will help reduce RATP’s carbon footprint by 50%…
Issue 4 2015 • 2 September 2015 • Frédéric Baverez, CEO, Keolis France
For Eurotransport, Frédéric Baverez, Keolis France’s CEO, explains that in order to meet growing passenger demands in the city of Bordeaux, France, the operator is working with a clear focus to help further develop the city’s public transport network…
Industry news • 15 July 2015 • Katie Sadler, Digital Content Producer, Eurotransport
The first of two refurbished trainsets of Lyon Metro line D begun passenger service on 10 July 2015 following an ongoing contract to overhaul the 1991 commissioned fleet.
Industry news • 22 May 2015 • Katie Sadler, Digital Content Producer, Eurotransport
Elisabeth Borne has been appointed president and chief executive officer of Île-de-France public transport operator RATP.
Issue 4 2014 • 20 August 2014 • Christian Galivel, RATP’s Deputy Chief Executive Officer in Charge of Projects, Engineering and Investments
Each day, RATP transports over five million passengers on its Paris region metro network along with 1.7 million passengers on its two, high-capacity, regional express train lines – RER A and RER B. The technical conditions to operate these lines are particularly demanding with train frequency at peak hours pushing the technical capacity of the latest systems to their limits. Passenger service and reception conditions in transport facilities that are, in parts, over 100 years old are also extremely demanding given the high flows of passengers carried by RATP. For Eurotransport, Christian Galivel – RATP’s Deputy Chief Executive Officer in Charge of Projects, Engineering and Investments, explains why RATP has deployed innovative approaches to organise and optimise various passenger movements in transport areas, ensure fluid access controls and provide modern services in its facilities such as 3G connectivity, LED lighting and high-quality multi-modal information.
Issue 4 2014 • 20 August 2014 • Frédéric Baverez, CEO of Keolis France
Keolis is the largest public transport operator in France, its home country, boasting the highest market share in urban transportation with 45% of the trips on the open market. Although its international activities are expanding, France still generates Keolis’ largest share of revenue. In 2013, 54% (€2.7 billion) of total global revenues of €5.1 billion were generated at home. The 14 other countries where the company now operates generated 46% (€2.4 billion). Despite being proud of its fast-growing international activities, exclusively for Eurotransport, Frédéric Baverez – CEO of Keolis France – explains why the transport operator’s biggest market remains France.
Issue 4 2013 • 22 August 2013 • Frédéric Cuvillier, Minister for Transport and Maritime Economy, Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy, France
Since the beginning of the 21st century, France has been willingly involved in an energetic transition in which urban transportation is one of the main levers. Regarding the environmental, economic and social issues, urban transportation has to contribute to the development of ‘sustainable mobility’ inside our cities. This is the core of our country’s transportation policy.
The growth of urban population combined with the widespread use of cars has led to increasing congestion of artery roads which in turn has contributed to a rising level of air pollution, noise pollution and transportation collisions.
Consequently, we have to switch from separated public transportation networks to an urban mobility programme. I want this mobility to be sustainable and to embrace every form of travel. Succeeding in switching from the use of an individual car to alternative means of transpor – tation will be our greatest challenge.
Issue 4 2013 • 22 August 2013 • David Haydock, Industry Expert
France has seen a boom in urban public transport projects over the past two decades and is continuing the momentum despite difficult economic circumstances. The Hollande government came to power in 2012 at a difficult time. Budgets for most ministries are being slimmed-down in order to reduce a growing deficit. However, although the government has recently announced a major slowing of investment in construction of high-speed rail lines, urban transport investment has emerged from spending reviews relatively unscathed – the only significant change being some lengthening of the timetable for the introduction of the ‘Grand Paris’ scheme for over 100km of orbital metro lines in the Paris suburbs.
Much of the recent expansion in public trans – port has been driven by a law of 1996 governing air quality and energy use which obliges conurbations of more than 100,000 people to draw up a Plan de Déplacement Urbain (PDU = Urban Transport Plan) aimed at reducing pollution and congestion.