RER C

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     RER C

RER.svg Paris rer C jms.svg

Overview
Stations 84
Ridership 140,000,000 journeys per year
Operation
Opening 1979
(last extension in 2006)
Rolling stock Z 5600, Z 8800,
Z 20500, Z 20900
Technical
Line length 185.6 km (115.3 mi)
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
Route map
RER C.svg

Geographically accurate path of the RER C.

The RER C is one of the five lines in the RER rapid transit system serving Paris, France. It is operated by SNCF.

The line runs from the northwestern terminuses Pontoise (C1), Versailles-Château (C5) and Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines (C7) to the southeastern terminuses Massy-Palaiseau (C2), Dourdan-la-Forêt (C4), Saint-Martin d'Étampes (C6) and Versailles – Chantiers (C8).

History[edit]

The view from Île aux Cygnes towards the Eiffel Tower, with a RER-C train crossing the Pont Rouelle.
RER C
  C1 
Pontoise
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Oise
Saint-Ouen-l'Aumône
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Saint-Ouen-l'Aumône – Liesse
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Pierrelaye
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  C3 
Montigny – Beauchamp 
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Franconville – Le Plessis-Bouchard
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Cernay
  C5 
Ermont – Eaubonne
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Versailles-Château
Saint-Gratien
Porchefontaine
Épinay-sur-Seine
  C7 
Seine
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Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines
Gennevilliers
(1)
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Saint-Cyr
Les Grésillons
  C8 
Seine
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Versailles-Chantiers
Saint-Ouen
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Viroflay – Rive-Gauche
Porte de Clichy
(13)
Chaville – Vélizy
Pereire – Levallois
(3)
Meudon Tunnel
Neuilly – Porte Maillot
(1)
Meudon – Val Fleury
Avenue Foch
(2)
Issy
Avenue Henri Martin
(2)
Issy – Val de Seine
Boulainvilliers
(9)
(3a)
Pont du Garigliano
Avenue du Président Kennedy
(10)
Javel
Seine
Champ de Mars – Tour Eiffel
(6)
Petit Jouy – Les Loges
Pont de l'Alma
(9)
Invalides
(8)(13)
Musée d'Orsay
(12)
Jouy-en-Josas
St-Michel – Notre-Dame
(B)(4)(10)
Gare d'Austerlitz
(5)(10)
Bibliothèque François Mitterrand
(14)
Vauboyen
Ivry-sur-Seine
Vitry-sur-Seine
Les Ardoines
Bièvres
Choisy-le-Roi
Villeneuve-le-Roi
Igny
Ablon
Athis-Mons
Les Saules
Juvisy
(D)
Orly – Ville
  C10 
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Pont de Rungis – Aéroport d'Orly
Savigny-sur-Orge
  C12 
Petit Vaux
(7)
Rungis – La Fraternelle
Gravigny – Balizy
Chemin d'Antony
Chilly-Mazarin
(B)
Massy – Verrières
Longjumeau
(B)
Massy – Palaiseau
Épinay-sur-Orge
  C2 
Sainte-Geneviève-des-Bois
Saint-Michel-sur-Orge
Brétigny-sur-Orge
La Norville – Saint-Germain-lès-Arpajon
Marolles-en-Hurepoix
Arpajon
Bouray
Égly
Lardy
Breuillet – Bruyères-le-Châtel
Chamarande
Breuillet – Village
Étréchy
Saint-Chéron
Étampes
Sermaise
Saint-Martin-d'Étampes
Dourdan
  C6 
Dourdan-la-Forêt
  C4 

Line C was opened on 26 September 1979 following the construction of a new 1-kilometre (0.62 mi) tunnel connecting the Gare d'Orsay railway terminus (now Musée d'Orsay) with the Invalides terminus of the Rive Gauche line to Versailles, along the banks of the Seine. Services operated between Versailles-ChâteauInvalidesQuai-d'Orsay, branching to Massy – Palaiseau, and JuvisyDourdan / Saint-Martin d'Étampes.

May 1980 : Service extended Saint-Quentin-en-YvelinesVersailles – ChantiersGare des Invalides.

On 25 September 1988 the VMI ("Vallée de Montmorency – Invalides") branch to the north-west opened. This branch mostly used the infrastructure of the "ligne d'Auteuil" (incorporated into the "ligne de petite ceinture" from 1867, closed to passengers from 22 July 1934), and a new 3 kilometres (1.9 mi) tunnel connection between Batignolles and St-Ouen, connecting to the RER C's main trunk at Champ de Mars-Tour Eiffel via a curved bridge (the only one in Paris) over the Seine river. This extended services to Montigny – Beauchamp and Argenteuil.

Porte de Clichy opened on 29 September 1991. Located between Pereire – Levallois and St-Ouen.

In 1992 the line was extended from Juvisy to Versailles.

A further 9 kilometres (5.6 mi) extension from Montigny – Beauchamp to Pontoise was opened on 28 August 2000. On the same day a new station, Bibliothèque François Mitterrand, opened in order to create a new connexion with Métro Line 14. Located between Paris-Austerlitz and Boulevard Masséna (which was closed and replaced by the new station).

Another new station, St-Ouen-l'Aumône-Liesse, opened on 24 March 2002. Located between Pierrelaye and St-Ouen-l'Aumône.

The C3 branch (from Ermont-Eaubonne to Argenteuil) transferred to the Transilien Paris – Saint-Lazare suburban rail network on 27 August 2006.

On 16 December 2006, Boulevard Victor was renamed Boulevard Victor – Pont du Garigliano to highlight the new interchange with tramway line T3. In February 2012, Versailles - Rive Gauche was renamed Versailles-Château, to avoid frequent tourists confusions with other stations in Versailles.

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