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Industry Mass Transit and Rail
Founded 1957
Headquarters Paris
Number of locations 9 regions, 3000 contracts in 78 countries
Area served Worldwide
Key people Pierre Verzat CEO, Directorate Frédric Delorme, Mathieu Dunant, Bruno Schmitt, Communication and Marketing Alain Sanchez
Services Transportation planning, project management and oversight, consulting, urban and rail transport engineering
Revenue Turnover 2013: 443 Million €
Employees workforce in 2014: 4700
MVA Hong Kong
SYSTRA Consulting

SYSTRA is an international engineering and consulting group specializing in rail (passenger and freight) and public transport. SYSTRA is known worldwide for its expertise in rail engineering, from light & mass transit rail to high speed rail. With more than 4,700 employees worldwide, SYSTRA has undertaken projects in 130 different countries. Systra is a 50:50 joint venture between SNCF Infra and RATP.[1]


Metro of Mexico City
Rennes driverless metro (VAL – véhicule automatique léger)

SYSTRA was created by the fusion of two engineering firms, Sofrerail (Société Française d’Etudes et de Réalisations Ferroviaires – French Rail Studies and Realizations Company) and Sofretu (Société Française d’Etudes et de réalisations de Transports Urbains – French Urban Transport Studies and Realizations Company). Sofrerail, a subsidiary of the French National Rail Company (in French, SNCF), was created in 1957 in the context of work on the Indian railway. Sofretu, a subsidiary of the Paris Transport Authority (Régie autonome des transports parisiens, RATP), was created in 1961 in the context of work carried out for the Metro of Montreal.

SOFRETU and Sofrerail merged into SYSTRA at the end of 1995 and became SYSTRA (SYStèmes de TRAnsport, Transport Systems) in 1997.[2]

A selection of key studies in the history of SYSTRA:

  • Since 1967, SYSTRA is associated with the development of the Metro of Mexico City and since 1968 with the Metro of Santiago, Chile.
  • 1970 – first involvement with Cairo, with the development of its transport master plan followed by the detailed studied of line 1 of the metro system.
  • Beginning in 1974, studies for the automatic driverless subway (VAL) of Lille, then for the automatic driverless subway of Taipai (Taiwan), Turin, Rennes, Toulouse, Paris (France). SYSTRA sets the standard in the development of automatic subway systems.
  • Beginning in 1988, SYSTRA participates in the construction of the tunnel under the English Channel and of High Speed 1, the first high-speed rail line in Great Britain.

Company structure[edit]

SYSTRA is made up of the following divisions:

  • Engineering
  • Consulting
  • Sales divisions, each dedicated to a large geographical region
  • Support functions (human resources department, communication & marketing, etc.)

SYSTRA also has numerous subsidiaries, making up the SYSTRA Group.

Engineering Division[edit]

The Engineering Division is made up of 4 departments: Civil Engineering, Transportation Systems, Rolling-Stock Operation & Maintenance, and Project Management.

Support Functions[edit]

Additional departments include : Financial and Legal Division, Human Resources, Quality Assurance, and Communication and Marketing.


Region Subsidiaries City Country Website
France Systra S.A. - Group Headquarters Paris France
Systra S.A. Lyon
Project offices at Brest, Bordeaux, Le Havre, Marseille, ...
Europe SYSTRA Ltd Woking - Surrey UK [1]
Systra Ltd
Systra Sotecni Rome Italy
Systra Ingeneria Madrid Spain
Systra S.A. Oddział w Polsce Varsovie Poland
Systra Branch Latvia Riga Latvia
Systra S.A. Franta Sucursala Bucuresti Bucarest Romania
and the
Systra Morocco Rabat Morocco
Systra Egypt Cairo Egypt
Systra Dubai Dubai UAE
The Americas Canarail Montréal Canada
Systra Consulting Little Falls, New Jersey USA
Citilabs Tallahassee, Florida USA
Systracade Santiago Chile
Mexistra Mexico City Mexico
Asia MVA Hong Kong Hong Kong Hong Kong
Systra Philippines Inc Pasig City Philippines
Systra Taïwan Branch Taipei Taiwan
Systra Asia Pacific Ltd Hong Kong Hong Kong
Systra Shanghai Consulting Co Shanghai China
Systra MVA Consulting New Delhi India
Systra Korea Branch Séoul South Korea
Systra Philippines Branch Quezon City Philippines


Below a selection of SYSTRA projects throughout the world.

  • 2007 - 2013: Conception and supervision of the construction of the first subway line in Hanoi (Vietnam)[3]
  • 2006 - 2009/10: Supervision, within a larger consortium, of the construction of the two first automatic subway lines in Dubai (United Arab Emirates)
  • 2006 - 2010: Complete construction of the eastern line of the Algers light rail system
  • 2007 - 2009: Consulting services for the Macedonion Railway


U-shaped viaducts[edit]

The U-shaped viaduct was developed by SYSTRA as an economical structure combining all the components of an elevated rail system as a practical solution for both installation and maintenance. SYSTRA has taken out an international patent to protect the U-shaped viaduct.[4]

The design is intended to provide: reduction of visual impact in the urban environment, integrated sound protection, integrated components that keep the train on the viaduct in the case of a derailment as well as rapid construction cost reduction.

The U-shaped viaduct was used for the construction of the automatic subway systems in Taipei (Taiwan) and Dubai (UAE), as well as for line 2 of the Canton (China) subway, line 3 of the Delhi (India) subway and lines 4 and 5 of the Santiago (Chile) subway.[4]


On October 2, 2008, Daniel Dutoit received the Grand prix national de l’ingénierie - French national engineering award, for the conception and the project management of the Dubai subway.


  1. ^ "SYSTRA". Retrieved 10 June 2013. 
  2. ^ Background
  3. ^ a b Ingénierie : Systra veut jouer dans la cour des grands Defawe Philippe , 07/12/2007 , (section "FOCUS" - current contracts 2007) ,
  4. ^ a b The U shaped viaduct

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