There are currently two tram/light rail routes in the Paris area (T1 & T2) both of which offer orbital links between inner suburban areas. At present there are no tram routes within Paris itself.
|T1 runs from St Denis (immediately to the north of Paris) to Bobigny in the north-eastern suburbs and has now been extended to Noisy-le-Sec. It is a conventional tram route running mostly on reserved tracks built on the central reservation of a dual-carriageway road (N186) with just short stretches of street running.|
|T2 runs from Issy - Val de Seine (south-west of Paris on the SNCF RER Line C) to the important commercial and office development at La Défense (north-west of Paris on RER Line A). It is more a light-rail route having been converted from an SNCF route used by a little-used shuttle service. A remnant of a previous third-rail electric service linking Invalides to St Lazare, the shuttle was an isolated link created when the busier suburban lines were converted to overhead electrification. In its later years, with a very infrequent service, passenger loadings were very low indeed - a complete contrast to its reincarnation as a light-rail route with tramcars running every three minutes and filled to capacity!|
Both routes originally used Alstom cars almost identical to those used in Grenoble. They are 75% low-floor six-axle units.
EXTENSION T1 to NOISY-LE-SEC
An extension southwards from Bobigny to the SNCF station at Noisy-le-Sec (suburban services to Paris-Est and new RER line E to St Lazare). There are five new stops on this approx. 3 km extension which opened on 15 December 2003.
A further 5km extension from Noisy-Le-Sec to Montreuil-Théophile Sueur would add 11 or 12 further stops.
EXTENSION T1 to ASNIERES-GENNEVILLIERS
A 4.8km extension westwards from St Denis along the N186 road to Gennevilliers station (RER Line C) and then south-west to Asnières. This would add a further 10 stops and is expected to be completed by 2008.
EXTENSION T2 to BEZONS
A 4.2 kms extension north-westwards from La Défense. After tunnelling below the adjacent SNCF suburban lines from St Lazare (future RER Line E), the new tram route will emerge on a newly created central reservation along the N192 road. There will be eight new stops along this busy road. Completion expected for 2008.
EXTENSION T2 to Porte de Versailles
A 2.7km extension eastwards from the southern end of T2 from Issy-Val de Seine to Porte de Versailles adding an extra 3 stops. Completion expected for 2006.
This line is intended to link up to the proposed Tramway Maréchaux Sud which would run from Pont du Garigliano-Bd Victor via Porte de Versailles to Porte d'Ivry - a distance of 8km.
This would later be extended as Maréchaux Est to Porte de Charenton a further 2.4km and 4 stops.
With the opening of the extension of line T1 to Noisy le Sec cars have been transferred from line T2 with the latter being operated by new Alstom 'Citadis' cars
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