Autorité de Régulation des Activités Ferroviaires

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The Autorité de Régulation des Activités Ferroviaires is a French government agency which regulates rail transport.[1]

ARAF was officially founded in December 2010,[2] but there was considerable informal work before that date. The headquarters is in Le Mans.[3] and Pierre Cardo was appointed as its first president.[4] ARAF is funded by a levy on track access fees paid to RFF.[5] The president of ARAF is Pierre Cardo.

Much of ARAF's early work involves Réseau Ferré de France and track access.[6] A key part of its role is to encourage competition in rail transport, following the Second Railway Package and Third Railway Package.[7]

In May 2013, the French government announced plans to reform SNCF Infra and RFF and create a single national infrastructure operator; this may lead to ARAF taking a bigger role in ensuring equal access for other train operators.[8]


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  2. ^ "Le gendarme du rail entre officiellement en fonction aujourd'hui - Les Echos". 2011-01-06. Retrieved 2011-01-06. 
  3. ^ "Détail d'un texte". 2011-01-06. Retrieved 2011-01-06. 
  4. ^ Journal Officiel de la République Française (167): 13531. 22 July 2010.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ "Détail d'un texte". 2011-01-06. Retrieved 2011-01-06. 
  6. ^ "Railway Gazette: ARAF debut triggers change". 2011-01-06. Retrieved 2011-01-06. 
  7. ^ "Nouvelle étape de la libéralisation des activités ferroviaires - Fondation Copernic". 2011-01-06. Archived from the original on 2011-07-26. Retrieved 2011-01-06. 
  8. ^ "Strategic authority envisaged under French reforms". Railway Gazette International. Retrieved 10 June 2013. 

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