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CTS orders 10 extra Citadis trams for Strasbourg in agreement worth €28m

Industry news  •  3 February 2017  •  Katie Sadler, Eurotransport

Strasbourg transport company CTS (Compagnie des Transports Strasbourgeois) has ordered 10 additional Alstom Citadis trams in an agreement worth €28 million.

Dijon awards first comprehensive mobility contract in France

Industry news  •  5 January 2017  •  Katie Sadler, Eurotransport

The Greater Dijon region has awarded a ‘comprehensive mobility’ contract which will see Keolis operate its public transport network, parking and bike-sharing services.

Caen la Mer to receive 23 Alstom Citadis X05 trams

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.

Keolis remains operator of Lyon public transport network

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.

First cross-border Citadis trams delivered for service between Strasbourg & Kehl

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…

GIRO wins contract in Nice

Industry news  •  4 January 2016  •  GIRO

An international request for proposals has concluded with the régie Ligne d’Azur awarding a contract to GIRO…

Foreword: Meeting the environmental excellence challenge

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…

RATP’s Bus 2025 Plan

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%…

Keolis building on success in Bordeaux

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…

First refurbished Lyon Metro train resumes service

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.

Grenoble tramway refurbishment project complete

Industry news  •  11 June 2015  •  Katie Sadler, Digital Content Producer, Eurotransport

The tram fleet of Tag, Grenoble’s transport network, has been fully refurbished with new exterior livery and spacious interiors.

Elisabeth Borne appointed CEO of public transport operator RATP

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.

A vision for the 21st century metro

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.

France is still number one

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.

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