Île-de-France tramway Line 9

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Tramway T9
Tramways in Île-de-France Île-de-France tramway Line 9
Overview
TypeTram
SystemTramways in Île-de-France
StatusUnder construction
Termini2020 (planned)[1]
Stations19[2]
Operation
Opened1
Operator(s)To be determined by Île-de-France Mobilités through competitive tendering
Rolling stock24[1]
Technical
Line length10.3[2] km (6.4 mi)
Track gauge1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
Stations
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Île-de-France tramway Line 9 (usually called simply T9 and formerly known as Tramway Porte de Choisy - Orly Ville or TPO) is a tram line currently under construction which will eventually become part of the modern tram network of the Île-de-France region of France. Line T9 will connect Porte de Choisy Paris Métro station and the centre of Orly (Place Gaston Viens) serving suburbs in the south-east of Paris.[2] Line T9 will not serve Orly Airport though. The line will have a length of approx. 10 km (6.2 mi) and 19 stations.[2] Opening of the line to the public is currently scheduled for late 2020[1]

Route[edit]

Schematic map of Line T9
Schematic map of Line T9

Project objectives[edit]

The main goal of the project is to desaturate existing transit lines, and in particular RATP bus route 183 (Porte de Choisy - Aéroport d'Orly Terminal Sud) which became the second busiest bus route in the Île-de-France region after route TVM[citation needed], and to propose a public transport offer with more capacity, better performance, more regularity and more comfort, thanks to the adoption of a tramway.[3] Additional project objectives are to accompany the evolution and development of a fast-changing suburban environment, the encouragement of sustainable mobility, better links between existing transit infrastructures and the refiguration of roads and public spaces (introduction of bike lines along the tram alignment, more accesible walking paths, etc.).[3]

Future tram line 9 will offer connections to line T3a and Paris Métro Line 7 at Porte de Choisy Paris Métro station, with RER C at Choisy-le-Roi station and, at Orly, at Les Saules station, with Paris Métro line 15, part of the Grand Paris Express, at Vitry Centre, and with various bus routes including routes TVM and 393 at Choisy-le-Roi.

Operation[edit]

Contract[edit]

The line is the Île-de-France tram network's first line which will not be directly awarded for management to either RATP or SNCF.[4][5] The line's operations and maintenance contract is subject to competitive tendering by Île-de-France Mobilités (IDFM). In May 2018, IDFM issued a concession notice for operations and maintenance of line T9 including seven bus lines of the local "Bord de l'Eau" bus network for a period of 66 months (i.e. for only 5 years and a half), calling for potential candidates to submit a request for qualification.[6] Four candidates were allowed to bid: RATP Dev, Keolis, Transdev and outsider Moventia of Spain.[7]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Objectif 2020 pour le T9, le second tramway du Val-de-Marne" (in French). 16 January 2018. Retrieved 30 January 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d Île-de-France Mobilités. "Fiche projet : Tram 9 Porte de Choisy > Orly-Gaston Viens" (pdf) (in French). Retrieved 30 January 2019.
  3. ^ a b Île-de-France Mobilités. "Tram 9 Paris > Orly Ville - Découvrir le projet" (in French). Retrieved 31 January 2019.
  4. ^ lejournaldugrandparis.fr (4 April 2017). "Transdev et Keolis à l'assaut des transports du Grand Paris" (in French). Archived from the original on 2018-05-26. Retrieved 26 May 2018.
  5. ^ "La RATP en concurrence pour remporter l'exploitation du T9" (in French). 4 June 2018. Retrieved 4 June 2018.
  6. ^ "2018/S 092-209815 - Avis de concession". ted.europa.eu (in French). 16 May 2018. Archived from the original on 2019-01-25. Retrieved 24 January 2019.
  7. ^ "4 candidats pour exploiter T9 et 7 lignes de bus" (in French). 3 October 2018. Archived from the original on 2018-10-31. Retrieved 30 October 2018.