Rennes Metro

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Rennes Metro
Hochbahnabschnitt Pontchaillou - Anatole France der Metro Rennes.jpg
Native name Métro de Rennes
Locale Rennes, Brittany, France
Transit type Rapid transit
Number of lines 1
Number of stations 15
Daily ridership 135,000 (2012)
Began operation 2002
Operator(s) Service des Transports en Commun de l'Agglomération Rennaise (STAR)
System length 9.4 km (5.8 mi)
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge
System map

Opened on 15 March 2002, the Rennes Metro (French: Métro de Rennes) rapid transit line in Rennes, Brittany, France is based on the Siemens Transportation Systems VAL (véhicule automatique léger or light automatic vehicle) technology. There is one line, the 9.4-kilometre (5.8 mi) 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).

Rennes was the smallest city in the world to boast a metro until 2008 (when Lausanne Metro opened), with a population of just 220,000 for Rennes city proper. However 410,000 people are served by the network in 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.

A second line, the B Line, with an orientation north-east to south-west, is scheduled for 2019. 19 2-car CityVal trainsets have been ordered for this line.[1]


The stations names has been chosen in the nearest existing streets or of places near the stations emplacements.

Station signage is in French and Gallo at Charles de Gaulle station and French and Breton at Gares station.


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  1. ^ "Siemens selected for Rennes metro Line B". Railway Gazette International. 16 November 2010. Retrieved 2010-11-17. 

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