Transports publics de la region Lausannoise (tl) - Articles and news items

Lausanne to receive three additional Alstom metros for m2 line

Industry news  •  5 May 2015  •  Katie Sadler, Digital Content Producer, Eurotransport

Alstom has received an order to supply three additional metros for the m2 line in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Increasing the public transport offering for a growing city

Issue 5 2013  •  11 November 2013  •  Michel Joye, Director, Transports publics de la région lausannoise SA (tl)

Lausanne – the capital of the canton of Vaud situated in the heart of Europe on the shores of Lake Geneva – is home to the headquarters of the International Olympic Committee, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL), the IMD and the Béjart Ballet, which together with other leading organisations underpin the city’s international reputation. In the world of public transport, it is also regularly in the spotlight for being the smallest city in the world to have an automatic driverless metro. Operated by Transports publics de la région lausannoise SA (tl), the m2 metro, inaugurated in 2008, has profoundly changed the face of the built-up area and transformed the mobility of an entire population. It has also proved at an international level that a city of fewer than one million inhabitants can justifiably claim ownership of such a transport system.

A veritable mountain railway climbing gradients of up to 12%, the m2 is the first metro of its kind in Switzerland. Covering differences in gradient of over 1,000 feet in less than 20 minutes, it has made its mark as an ideal solution for transporting a rapidly growing population very quickly, comfortably and safely. After four years in service, the m2 has already carried more than 100 million passengers in a population of around 300,000. Its success has paved the way for other major public transport developments which are now in the pipeline for Lausanne and its suburbs.

Growth through innovation – Lausanne’s new driverless metro

Issue 5 2011  •  31 October 2011  •  Marc Badoux, Deputy Director, tl (Transports publics de la région lausannoise)

Lausanne’s new driverless metro line – named m2 – began commercial service in October 2008. The new line has boosted the ridership of the city’s public transportation network which has increased by almost 30% since commercial service started. Costing approximately £600 million, this remarkable ‘micrometro’ has 14 passenger-friendly stations and its steep and curvy gradient strongly influenced the decision on components such as rolling stock design and station requirements.

A small public transportation company ready to innovate tl is the public transportation company of the Lausanne region along the shores of the Lake of Geneva in Western Switzerland. tl’s 1’000+ employees run a mixed metro, light-rail and bus network. During its long history, tl has been open to innovation at different stages of its development, for example: