Tramways in Île-de-France

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Île-de-France tramway
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Native name Tramways d'Île-de-France
Locale Île-de-France, France
Transit type Light rail tram
Number of lines 10
Number of stations 186[1][2]
Began operation 1992
Operator(s) RATP / SNCF / Transkeo
System length 104.7 km (65.1 mi)[1][2][3]
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge for conventional lines
System map
Île-de-France - plan des tramways.png

The Île-de-France tramways (French: Tramways d'Île-de-France) consists of a network of modern tram lines in the Île-de-France region of France. Nine lines are currently operational (counting Lines 3a and 3b as separate lines), with extensions and additional lines in the planning and construction stage. Although the system mainly runs in the suburban regions of Paris, lines T3a and T3b run entirely within Paris city limits, and line T2 also does so for part of its route. While the lines operate independently of each other and are generally unconnected, some connections do exist: between lines T2 and T3a, T3a and T3b, T1 and T5 (opened in 2013) and T1 and T8 (opened in 2014). However, the final design of the entire planned tram network is fairly integrated.

Almost all lines are operated by the Régie Autonome des Transports Parisiens (RATP), which also operates the Paris Métro and most bus services in the Paris area. Furthermore, while most lines use conventional steel-wheel rolling stock, two lines (T5 and T6) use rubber-tired trams. Moreover, line T4, which uses tram-train technology, is operated by the French national rail operator SNCF as part of its Transilien regional rail network.


Trams of the former network, seen near the Pont au Change in central Paris

From 1855 to 1938, Paris was served by an extensive tramway network, predating the metro by nearly a half-century.[4] In 1925 the network had a 1111 km length, with 122 lines.[citation needed] In the 1930s, the oil and automobile industry lobbies put pressure on the Paris Police Prefecture to remove tram tracks to make room for cars.[5] The last of these first generation tram lines in Paris, Porte de Saint-Cloud to Porte de Vincennes, was closed in 1937,[6] and the last line in the entire Paris agglomeration, running between Le Raincy and Montfermeil, ended its service on 14 August 1938.[5]

Originally horse-powered, Paris trams used steam, and later pneumatic engines, then electricity. The funicular that operated in Belleville from 1891 to 1924 is sometimes erroneously thought of as a tramway, but was actually a cable car system. The first of a new generation of trams in Paris, Line T1 opened in 1992, with Line T2 opening in 1997 and Lines T3 and T4 in 2006. The newest lines, T5 and T7, opened in 2013 while T6 and T8 opened in 2014.


Line T1
Line T2
Line T3a
Line T4
Line T5
Line T6
Line T7
Line T8
Line Opening[7] Length Stations Operator
Tramway-T.svg Logo Paris tram ligne1.svg 1992[8] 17 km (11 mi)[citation needed] 36 RATP
Tramway-T.svg Logo Paris tram ligne2.svg 1997[8] 17.9 km (11.1 mi)[citation needed] 24 RATP
Tramway-T.svg Logo Paris tram ligne3a.svg 2006[8] 12.4 km (7.7 mi)[citation needed] 25 RATP
Tramway-T.svg Logo Paris tram ligne3b.svg 2012[8] 9.9 km (6.2 mi)[citation needed] 18 RATP
Tramway-T.svg Logo Paris tram ligne4.svg 2006[2] 7.9 km (4.9 mi)[2] 11[2] SNCF
Tramway-T.svg Logo Paris tram ligne5.svg 2013[8] 6.6 km (4.1 mi)[8] 16[8] RATP
Tramway-T.svg Logo Paris tram ligne6.svg 2014[3] 14 km (8.7 mi)[3] 21[3] RATP
Tramway-T.svg Logo Paris tram ligne7.svg 2013[8] 11.2 km (7.0 mi)[8] 18[8] RATP
Tramway-T.svg Logo Paris tram ligne8.svg 2014[3][9] 8.5 km (5.3 mi)[3][9] 17[3][9] RATP
Tramway-T.svg Logo Paris tram ligne9.svg 2020[10] ?[3][9] 19 ?
Tramway-T.svg Logo Paris tram ligne10.svg 2021[11] ?[11] 14 ?
Tramway-T.svg T11express.png 2017 11 km (6.8 mi) 7 Transkeo
TOTAL: 116.4 km (72.3 mi)[1][2][3] 193[1][2][3]


Line T1 connects Saint-Denis to Noisy-le-Sec, parallel to the Paris northern city limit. It opened in 1992, and the extension to Noisy-le-Sec was completed in December 2003. An extension west to Asnières and Gennevilliers opened in November 2012, and a continuation to Nanterre is planned. An eastwards extension to Montreuil and to the Val de Fontenay RER station is planned and expected to be open in 2017.


Line T2 (Trans Val-de-Seine) connects Pont de Bezons with Porte de Versailles via La Défense. It opened in 1997 between La Défense and Issy Val-de-Seine, mostly on converted SNCF right-of-way. An extension from Issy Val-de-Seine to Porte de Versailles opened in 2009 and a second extension from La Défense to Pont de Bezons opened in 2012.

T3a and T3b[edit]

Line T3 is the first modern tramway in Paris proper. It is divided into two sections called T3a and T3b. The line is also known as the tramway des Maréchaux because it follows the boulevards des maréchaux, a series of boulevards that encircle Paris along the route of the former Thiers Wall (built 1841–44). The boulevards are, with three exceptions, named for Napoleon's First Empire marshals (maréchaux).

T3a connects Boulevard Victor – Pont du Garigliano RER station in the western part of the 15th arrondissement with Porte de Vincennes metro station in the 12th arrondissement. T3b connects Porte de Vincennes with Porte de la Chapelle in the 18th arrondissement. T3b should be extended to Porte d'Asnières in 2017.


Line T4 is an 8-kilometre (5.0 mi), 11-stop[2] tram-train line, operating in part on SNCF lines, connecting Bondy RER station with Aulnay-sous-Bois station. It opened on November 18, 2006. Unlike the other tramways in Île-de-France, T4 is operated by SNCF. A new branch of this tram-train line will be opened in 2017.


Tramway T5[12] is a Translohr tram-on-tyres[13] running along a mainly segregated "track" on the busy Route Nationale 1 (similar to the systems in Nancy or Caen), replacing the often busy bus lines 168 and 268. The 6.6-kilometre (4.1 mi) route[13] serves 16 stops[13] between Saint-Denis, Pierrefitte-sur-Seine, Sarcelles and Garges-lès-Gonesse. It has an interchange with T1 at its southerly terminus marché de Saint-Denis and with RER D at Garges-Sarcelles.[14] Line T5 opened in July 2013.[15]


Route 6 is a 14-kilometre (8.7 mi) Translohr tram-on-tyres serving 21 stations, from Châtillon – Montrouge (terminus of metro line 13) to Viroflay-Rive-Droite Transilien station. The 1.6 kilometres (0.99 mi) at the western (Viroflay) end is in a tunnel, including 2 stops. The majority of the line opened in 2014, with the rest opening in 2016.


An 11.2-kilometre (7.0 mi) route serving 18 stations[8] between Villejuif (terminus of Paris Métro Line 7) serving Rungis and Orly and terminating at Athis-Mons opened on 16 November 2013.[16]


Formerly to be known as "Tram'y", this 8.46-kilometre (5.26 mi) line goes from Saint-Denis (Porte de Paris) to Épinay-sur-Seine (Quartier d'Orgemont), with a branch to Villetaneuse. Villetaneuse is also planned to be a future station on the new Tangental North line. An extension is also planned to the RER E station at Rosa Parks. Construction began in 2010, and services began in 2014.[16]

T11 Express[edit]

Planned lines[edit]


T9 is a tram line currently under construction between Paris Porte de Choisy and the city of Orly with a length of 10.3 km (6.4 mi) and 19 stops.


T10 is a planned tram route from Antony to Clamart in the southwest suburbs of Paris with a length of 8.2 km (5.1 mi) and 14 stops.


The Trans-Val-de-Marne bus line, which runs in a designated bus lane and is intended to provide rapid transit southeast of Paris in the department of Val-de-Marne, is operated by RATP unlike most suburban bus lines. Despite beginning with a T, it is not a tramway. The RATP however considers it to be part of the T network, and is currently drawing plans for more BRT lines.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d "RATP's tram network in Île-de-France". RATP. Archived from the original on 2014-04-26. Retrieved 2014-04-25. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "BIENVENUE SUR LA LIGNE T4" [WELCOME TO THE T4 LINE]. (in French). SNCF Transilien. 2013. Retrieved 2013-09-13. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "2014, the next year of the tram". RATP. Retrieved 2014-12-16. 
  4. ^ LE CHEVAL A PARIS DE 1850 a 1914 (in French). Librairie Droz. pp. 84ff. ISBN 978-2-600-04536-0. 
  5. ^ a b Dominique Larroque; Michel Margairaz; Pierre Zembri; Association pour l'histoire des chemins de fer en France (2002). Paris et ses transports: XIXe-XXe siècles, deux siècles de décisions pour la ville et sa région. Recherches. p. 131. ISBN 978-2-86222-042-0. 
  6. ^ Ralf Roth; Colin Divall (28 March 2015). From Rail to Road and Back Again?: A Century of Transport Competition and Interdependency. Ashgate Publishing, Ltd. pp. 351ff. ISBN 978-1-4094-7115-8. 
  7. ^ "RATP's tram network in Île-de-France". RATP. Retrieved 2014-12-16. 
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "2013, another year of the tram". RATP. Retrieved 2014-12-16. 
  9. ^ a b c d "Paris opens tram Route T8". Railway Gazette International. 16 December 2014. Retrieved 2014-12-16. 
  10. ^ "Paris opens tram Route T9". Railway Gazette International. 16 December 2014. Retrieved 2014-12-16. 
  11. ^ a b "Paris opens tram Route T10". Railway Gazette International. 16 December 2014. Retrieved 2014-12-16. 
  12. ^ "Tramway 5 - le T5 en ligne" [Tramway 5 - The T5 line] (in French). RATP. Retrieved 2013-09-13. 
  13. ^ a b c "le T5 en ligne - Le projet - L'essentiel" [The T5 line - the project - essentials] (in French). RATP. Archived from the original on 2013-10-04. Retrieved 2013-09-13. 
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  15. ^ "Home - In Ile-de-France - Extending the network - Tramway - Créations : T5". Retrieved 2013-09-12. 
  16. ^ a b "Citadis remains popular in Paris". Railway Gazette International. 28 January 2011. Retrieved 2014-07-12. 

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