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Geneva opens new tramway

15 December saw the formal inauguration of Geneva's new tram line 15 (Place des Nations - Les Acacias - Cornavin station - Plainpalais - Lancy Pont-Rouge), with ribbon cuttings, speeches and a tram parade. Revenue service on the new line had started on 12 December, but modelled on last year's inauguration of the extension of line 13 to Nations on 13 December at 13.13, the authorities decided that the inauguration of line 15 should take place on 15 December at 15.15. The new service runs over 2.3 km of new track on Route des Acacias before joining the existing tracks of route 13 at Plainpalais to run via the railway station to Nations. This forms the first part of an extension due to connect with the existing terminus of line 13 at Les Palettes in 2006; the CFF station at Lancy Pont-Rouge is the provisional terminus of the rail line which will one day be extended to Geneva Eaux Vives (SNCF) station. At the same time, the various public transport companies in the Canton and the adjacent parts of France introduced a new integrated tariff with tickets valid for local travel by tram, train, bus and boat, under the 'Unireso' agreement.

In 1969 the Geneva tramway was reduced to one 9-km line. Now there are four lines serving 16 km, with plans for expansion to 25. Geneva is taking delivery of 21 new Bomabardier-built low-floor trams to cater for its route expansion.

There are articles on the Geneva system in Transport and Urban Transit for September 2004 and August 2002.

17 December 2004

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