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Bordeaux Tramway System, France [free access]

February 1, 2020

Key players: Bordeaux Metropolis is the owner and developer of public transport, branded Transports Bordeaux Métropole (TBM). Keolis Bordeaux Métropole operates the network under a eight-year contract signed in 2014. The contract began on January 1, 2015 and is due to expire on December 31, 2022. 


Project description:  Expansion of existing tramway system.


Background: The current system comprises four lines, which together spans 77 km and covers 133 stations.  In December 2019, passenger services commenced on 3.5-km section of Line D, which covers six stops. The line will be extended in February 2020.


Ridership: In 2018, around 105.5 million passengers travelled on the tramway network.


Rolling stock: The current fleet comprises two types (402 and 302) of Citadis trams supplied by Alstom. The 402 type tram trains are 44 metres long and 2.40 metres wide, and can carry up to 300 passengers. The 302 type tram trains are 33 metres long and 2.40 metres wide, and can carry up to 218 passengers.


Track and power: The tracks are standard gauge (1,435 mm). The power is sourced at 750V DC through both an overhead catenary and a third rail electrification system.


Alstom was also selected to extend the APS (ground-level power supply) system of the extensions of the lines.


Fare system: Contactless magnetic paper tickets, contactless smartcards and mobile ticketing (Witick app) are deployed for fare collection.


Thales secured a contract to provide 3,300 on board validators, 120 station validators, 166 ticket vending machines, reloading machines, point of sales terminals, light point of sales for retailers and handheld terminals. The implementation of the new ticketing system by Thales was scheduled to be completed by February 2017 but was delayed until 2019.


Capital projects: Bordeaux Metropolis plans to develop the extension of the existing system:



Recent developments:


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