|Transit type||Rapid transit|
|Number of lines||1|
|Number of stations||15|
|Daily ridership||135,000 (2012)|
|System length||9.4 km (5.8 mi)|
|Track gauge||1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in) standard gauge|
Opened on 15 March 2002, the metro in Rennes is based on the Siemens Transportation Systems VAL (véhicule automatique léger or light automatic vehicle) technology. There is one line, the 9.4-km A' Line, which runs north-west to south-east from J.F. Kennedy to La Poterie via Gare de Rennes (served by Gares metro station), with fifteen stations, thirteen of which are underground. The station at La Poterie and viaducts on the line were designed by Norman Foster. Stations are equipped with platform screen doors.
Services run between 05:20 and 00:40 each day (except Thursday, Friday and Saturday night between 05:20 and 01:35), and with a waiting time of approximately 80 seconds between trains. From end to end, it takes around 16 minutes, with an average train speed of 32 km/h. All stations are equipped with lifts.
The system has 30 trains, each weighing 28 tonnes and 26 metres long, with a capacity of 158 passengers (50 sitting and 108 standing).
Excluding the minuscule underground network of Serfaus, and the Lausanne Metro opened in October 2008, Rennes was the smallest city in the world to boast a metro, with a population of just 220,000 for the city out of 410,000 served by the network (37 municipalities). On average, there are 135,000 metro trips each day; this figure is expected to rise to 180,000 in coming years, leading to possible gridlock during the rush hours.
In January 2005, three park-and-ride lots were set up, offering 900 places to motorists. Two more opened in 2006–2007, able to accommodate an additional 700 vehicles.
On 1 March 2006, a card called KorriGo was created as a supplement to the ticket system to improve the metro traffic and the city's bus network.
The line is maintained by Service des Transports en Commun de l'Agglomération Rennaise (STAR), and managed by Keolis (an SNCF group company). It has a staff of approximately 100. It is operated from a control centre (poste de commande centralisée) situated in Chantepie. 120 cameras monitor the stations.
The stations names has been chosen in the nearest existing streets or of places near the stations emplacements.
- J.F. Kennedy (former US President)
- Pontchaillou (elevated)
- Anatole France (French poet and journalist)
- Charles de Gaulle (former French President)
- Gares (SNCF interchange)
- Jacques Cartier (French navigator and explorer)
- Clemenceau (World War I French Prime Minister)
- Henri Fréville (former Rennes mayor)
- La Poterie (elevated)
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Rennes metro.|
- "Railway Gazette: Siemens selected for Rennes metro Line B". Retrieved 2010-11-17.
- (French) STAR official website
- (French) Projected metro line for 2015
- (English) Rennes page at UrbanRail.Net