RER B

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     RER B
RER.svg Paris rer B jms.svg
Overview
Stations 47
Ridership 165,100,000 journeys per year
Operation
Opening 1977
(last extension in 1994)
Rolling stock MI 79, MI 84
Technical
Line length 80.0 km (49.7 mi)
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
Route map
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Geographically accurate path of the RER B
RER B
 B3 
Aéroport
Charles de Gaulle 2
 B5 
Aéroport
Charles de Gaulle 1
Mitry – Claye
Parc des Expositions
Villeparisis – Mitry-le-Neuf
Villepinte
Vert-Galant
Sevran – Beaudottes
Sevran – Livry
(T)(4)
Aulnay-sous-Bois
Le Blanc-Mesnil
Drancy
Le Bourget
La Courneuve – Aubervilliers
La Plaine – Stade de France
(2)(4)(5)(D)(E)({{[1]}})({{[1]}})
Gare du Nord
(1)(4)(7)(11)(14)(A)(D)
Châtelet – Les Halles
Seine
(4)(10)(C)
St-Michel – Notre-Dame
Luxembourg
Port-Royal
(4)(6)
Denfert-Rochereau
Cité Universitaire
Gentilly
Laplace
Arcueil – Cachan
Bagneux
Bourg-la-Reine
Sceaux
Parc de Sceaux
Fontenay-aux-Roses
La Croix de Berny
Robinson
Antony
 B2 
Fontaine-Michalon
Les Baconnets
(C)
Massy – Verrières
(C)
Massy – Palaiseau
Palaiseau
Palaiseau – Villebon
Lozère
Le Guichet
Orsay – Ville
Bures-sur-Yvette
La Hacquinière
Gif-sur-Yvette
Courcelle-sur-Yvette
Saint-Rémy-lès-Chevreuse
 B4 

The RER B is one of the five lines in the RER rapid transit system serving Paris, France.

The line runs from the northern termini Aéroport Charles de Gaulle (B3) and Mitry-Claye (B5) to the southern termini Robinson (B2) and Saint-Rémy-lès-Chevreuse (B4).

  • First inauguration : 9 December 1977
  • Length : 80.0 km (49.7 mi)
  • Number of stops : 47
  • Traffic (2004) : 165,100,000 journeys per annum (figure only for the RATP section of the line)

The southern part of the line (south of Gare du Nord) is operated by RATP, the northern part by SNCF. Trains are owned by either company. Until December 2009, drivers changed at Gare du Nord; RATP and SNCF drivers now operate their trains along the full length of the line. Trains moving from one network to the other at this station is known as the Interconnexion. Technical difficulties of the Interconnextion include the shared tunnel with RER D between Châtelet – Les Halles and Gare du Nord, and the fact that while the SNCF part in the northern suburbs use 25 kV AC current, the RATP part uses 1500 V DC, forcing the use of dual-voltage trains.

Chronology[edit]

Line B was the product of the connection in 1977 of the Ligne de Sceaux terminus, Luxembourg, with the Gare du Nord via Châtelet – Les Halles. In 1988 St-Michel – Notre-Dame station between Luxembourg and Châtelet – Les Halles was opened to provide connection with RER C and Métro Line 10 at Cluny – La Sorbonne, a station which had been closed since the beginning of the second world war and was entirely renovated for the occasion.

List of RER B stations[edit]

Inside an almost empty RER B
Luxembourg on the RER B.
Inside an RER B.
People getting in the RER B at Châtelet.

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