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More trams for Paris

Alstom has won the contract to supply the trams for the T7 and T8 lines in the Paris metropolitan area. The first batch, costing nearly EUR50 million, is for 19 Citadis trams destined for the T7 line, from Villejuif to Athis-Mons. A second batch, to be exercised at a later date, will include 20 additional trams for the T8 line, which will connect Saint-Denis with Epinay and Villetaneuse. The contract is being financed jointly by the Syndicat des transports d'Île-de-France (STIF) and Régie Autonome des Transports Parisiens (RATP) and could eventually total 70 vehicles.

Each of the T7 and T8 Citadis trams will be 32 metres in length and 2.40 metres wide, and will accommodate over 200 passengers. The trams feature platform-height floors, air conditioning, video-surveillance and passenger-counting systems, as well as onboard audio and visual information. Wider seats and more accessible door-opening buttons are just two of the improvements designed to facilitate travel for those with mobility issues.

With this contract, Alstom joins the RATP and the Ile de France regional government in celebrating the sale of the 1,500th Citadis tram. The RATP will ultimately have the largest inventory of Citadis trams in the world with 145, including 60 for the T2 line (Porte de Versailles - Pont de Bezon), 46 for the T3 line (Pont de Garigliano - Porte de la Chapelle) and 19 and 20 for the T7 and T8 lines respectively.

31 January 2011

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