Grenoble tramway

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Grenoble tramway
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Overview
Native name Tramway de Grenoble
Locale Grenoble, Rhône-Alpes, France
Transit type Tram
Number of lines 5
Number of stations 80
Annual ridership 201,600 (2008)[citation needed]
Operation
Began operation 1987
Operator(s) Société d'Économie Mixte des Transports Publics de l'Agglomération Grenobloise (SEMITAG)
Technical
System length 35 km (21.7 mi)
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge
System map
Tram Grenoble-01.svg

The Grenoble tramway (French: Tramway de Grenoble) is the tram system in the city of Grenoble in the Rhône-Alpes region of France. Trams were first introduced to Grenoble in 1894, and this first generation system survived until 1952. In 1987, Grenoble became the second French city to reintroduce trams, following on from the tramway in Nantes.

The current network is 35-kilometre (22 mi) long, and comprises five lines: lines A, B, C, D and E. Line A was opened in 1987, line B in 1990, line C on 20 May 2006, line D on October 2007 and line E on the 28th of June 2014.

The tramway is operated by the Société d'économie mixte des transports publics de l'agglomération grenobloise (SÉMITAG) on behalf of the Communauté d'agglomération Grenoble Alpes Métropole, the intercommunal structure linking the commune of Grenoble and some of its suburbs. SÉMITAG operates its services, which includes local bus services as well as the tramway, under the Tag brand.

Network[edit]

The network comprises 65 stations, 12 of which are shared by two lines:

  • Line A has 29 stations.
  • Line B has 20 stations.
  • Line C has 19 stations.
  • Line D has 6 stations
  • Line E has 8 operating stations and will have a total of 18 once construction is complete in July 2015.

Rolling stock[edit]

Grenoble tramway is served by a total of 103 trams. Of those, the older 53 are Alsthom TFS trams, whilst the newer 50, which began entering service with the opening of the B line extension and the C line, are Alstom Citadis trams.

Alsthom TFS[edit]

Alsthom TFS tram in Grenoble

The Alsthom TFS fleet consists of 53 trams numbered from 2001 to 2053 running on all four lines of the network. They were introduced in successive steps as follows:

  • Series Grenoble 1 (trams 2001 to 2020) introduced in 1986/1987
  • Series Grenoble 2 (trams 2021 to 2035) introduced in 1989/1990
  • Series Grenoble 3 (trams 2036 to 2038) introduced in 1992
  • Series Grenoble 4 (trams 2039 to 2053) introduced in 1995/1996

Alstom Citadis[edit]

The Alstom Citadis fleet is composed of 50 trams numbered from 6001 to 6050, and circulates on the A, B and C lines. There are several series:

  • Grenoble 1 (trams numbers 6001 to 6035) entered service in 2005
  • Grenoble 2 (trams 6036 to 6050) entered service 4 May 2009, introducing Citadis trams on Line A
  • Trams 6018-6020 were used for the inauguration of the C Line, on the 20th May 2006. They carried a multicolor floral decoration for a few months, echoing the slogan "A flower for the city" used during the line's construction.

Future extensions[edit]

  • An extension of Line B from Cité Internationale to Polygone Scientifique is under construction and expected to open in September 2014.

A tram-train linking Moirans to the centre of Grenoble as well as one linking Crolles and Grenoble have been studied, but the former project has been set aside due to current saturation of that train line by longer distance traffic. A link from Grenoble to Vizille via Pont-de-Claix, Jarrie and Champ-sur-Drac is also under consideration.

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