Going underground

RATP, Paris’s mass transit authority, has awarded Alstom two new orders for the supply of double-decker commuter trains and CITADIS tramways worth a total of 168 million Euros.

The first order, worth 147 million Euros, is for the supply of 14 trains composed of five double-decker cars. The trains, for the Paris RER commuter A line, will allow the RATP to respond to increasing passenger traffic on the line. Bombardier will also contribute to this order as the supplier of the end cars; their share of the order is approximately 30%.

The new trains will enter operation in June 2004.

The second order, worth 21 million Euros, is for the supply of 13 CITADIS trams. The order constitutes the second phase of a project to improve the passenger transport offer on the T2 tramway line (La Défense-Issy Val de Seine), which will be extended.

Delivery and commercial operation of the new trams is scheduled to take place from January to September 2004. The CITADIS trams from the first phase of the project entered into commercial service on December 1 2002.

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