RATP, Paris’s transport authority, and Alstom have signed a contract worth 181 million Euros for the supply of 70 CITADIS trams. The contract comprises a confirmed order for 21 trams and an option for 49 additional trams.
The trams will serve the forthcoming MarÃ©chaux Sud line project, for which the City of Paris and the RATP are co-contractors. The first phase of the project includes an eight-kilometre section with 17 stations linking the 13th, 14th and 15th arrondissements.
The project, which is part of a regional plan for transport development, was approved by the STIF, the transport authority of the Ile de France region, on December 7, 2001 and by the Paris City Council on November 20, 2001.
Each tram will be 40 metres long and 2.65 metres wide and able to carry 300 passengers. Alstom will build the trams at its site in AytrÃ©, near La Rochelle. Delivery of the first vehicles is set to begin in 2005, with service beginning in 2006.