Stepping up security on the transport network of Greater Lyon

7 December 2007  •  Author(s): Jacques Bajard, Security Advisor, Sytral

Greater Lyon ranks as the second largest metropolitan area of France, with 1.3 million inhabitants. It is the top transport network outside of Paris in terms of availability and multi-modal use, with four metro lines, three tramway lines, two cable car lines and 1104 buses. Indeed, 1,440,000 journeys are made daily.

Sytral, Syndicat mixte des transports pour le Rhône et l’agglomération lyonnaise (public transport authority of Rhône county and Greater Lyon), owns, finances and governs the entire urban transport system. Its budget was 708 million Euros in 2006. Sytral defines transportation policy, but the day-to-day operations are delegated for a six-year term to a transport corporation through a European-wide competitive bidding process. Keolis is the current operator until 31 December 2010.

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