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Montpellier opens new lines

Lines 3 and 4 of the Montpellier light rail network entered public service on April 7 after an inauguration ceremony at 17.00 on 6 April, Line 3 runs for 19·8 km with 20 stops from Juvignac in the west of the city to Pérols-Etang de l'Or in the southeast, with a spur to Lattes-Centre. It is operated with a fleet of 19 Alstom Citadis cars, Each 40m trams are liveried to a maritime design. Line 4 is 8·4 km long and runs partly on sections of lines 1, 2 and 3 from Saint-Denis to Place Albert 1er, serving 17 stops. It is operated with a fleet of 12 Alstom Citadis cars, each 32m long in black livery.

In addition Line 1 has been extended from Stade de la Mosson to a new interchange with Line 3 at Mosson, Line 2 has been rerouted to take a more direct route through the Centre running from Corum to the SNCF station at Saint-Roch via Comédie.

The Montpellier network now totals 56km compared with 15.2km when the city’s first line opened in June 2000 and has 12 Park + Ride sites. The new lines have cost a total of EUR530m. A pdf version of the new route map can be found on the TAM site (Transports de l'Agglomeration de Montpellier).

12 April 2012 updated 13 April

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