The tramway of Paris!

So, written plenty on the airports, train stations, metro stations and the favorite bus lines of Paris. However, missing one that have rident as well , the tramways of Paris. Therefore, here is my rendition to them in a brief format.  This of course, will be in my black and white series. Hope you enjoy it and as I said at least they are above ground to see the beauty of Paris passing by.

The tramway appeared back, during the 2000s, as an ideal mode of transport to ensure the transversal service which is lacking in the suburbs , There are now 11 tram lines in and around Paris, The tramways is organized by Île-de-France Mobilités, but 8 are created from scratch while three result from the modernization of formerly under-exploited railway lines. Lines 1, 2, 3a, 3b, 5, 6, 7 and 8 are operated by RATP, lines 9 and 11 as well as future lines 12 and 13 will be operated by Keolis , and line 4 by SNCF.

A bit of history I like
Historically, a large number of trams circulate in Paris, then in the inner suburbs and precede the metro by several decades. This network operated between 1855 and 14 March 1937 in Paris, In 1975 a competition was launched for the design of the standard French tramway again, The Nantes (Loire Atlantique 44) became the pioneer of the modern tramway in France. The first line of the Nantes network was put into service in 1985. The line between Bobigny and Saint-Denis, in the department of Seine-Saint-Denis (93), finally put into service in two stages during 1992, In 1997, the old line from Puteaux to Issy-Plaine known as the Coteaux line, in the Hauts-de-Seine (92), has been converted into a tram line and is also enjoying success. At the end of 2006, the line from Bondy to Aulnay-sous-Bois, known as the Coquetiers line in Seine-Saint-Denis, was in turn converted into a tram line, In 2013, two lines are open to the public. The first, line T5, the first tramway line on pneumatic tires in Île-de-France region, came into service on July 29, 2013 between the Marché de Saint-Denis (Seine-Saint-Denis 93) and the Garges – Sarcelles station. (Val d’Oise 95). The second, line T7, came into service on November 16, 2013 between Villejuif – Louis Aragon metro station (Val-de-Marne 94) and Athis-Mons (Athis-Mons – Porte de l’Essonne station 91); its extension to Juvisy-sur-Orge is scheduled for 2021 , One year later two other lines open, line T6 on December 13, 2014 between Châtillon – Montrouge and Vélizy-Villacoublay ; this line being extended since May 28 2016 at Viroflay-Rive-Droite station 78) and line T8 between Saint-Denis – Porte de Paris and Épinay-sur-Seine, on the one hand, and Villetaneuse, on the other hand, which in fact the first tram in the region to have two branches. On July 1, 2017, the T11 Express line was put into service between the stations of Épinay-sur-Seine and Le Bourget. Then, on April 10, 2021, line T9 opens between Porte de Choisy and Orly – Gaston Viens.

In 2021, the Île-de-France network has eleven lines in operation, all located on the outskirts of the city of Paris or in the inner suburbs of Paris. These briefly are :

T1 : Asnières – Gennevilliers – Les Courtilles ↔ Noisy-le-Sec . The T1 will be extended from Les Courtilles to Colombes – Gabriel Péri, with a first phase to Colombes – Bois-Colombes – Asnières-sur-Seine – Quatre-Routes at the end of 2019. a new extension of line T1 must be implemented. service to the Val de Fontenay RER station. The line should first stop at Montreuil in 2023

T2 : Pont de Bezons – Porte de Versailles

T3a : Pont du Garigliano – Porte de Vincennes

T3b : Porte de Vincennes ↔ Porte de la Chapelle.  An extension of line T3b to Porte Dauphine is planned. The line would then connect with the RER C and metro line 3 at Porte de Champerret, with line 1 and the RER C and E (which should reach Porte Maillot by 2023) at Porte Maillot and with line 2 and RER C at Porte Dauphine. An extension of the T3 tramway (T3a or T3b) is planned from Porte de Vincennes to Place de la Nation. This extension could provide a connection with line A of the RER and lines 1, 2, 6 and 9 of the metro..  The tramway T3 project :

T4 : Aulnay-sous-Bois / Hôpital de Montfermeil – Bondy

T5 : Marché de Saint-Denis ↔ Garges – Sarcelles

T6 : Châtillon – Viroflay

T7 : Villejuif – Louis Aragon ↔ Porte de l’Essonne . The T7 must be extended to Juvisy station (lines C and D of the RER).

T8 : Saint-Denis – Épinay-sur-Seine / Villetaneuse, looking to be put in service in 2024 at Rosa Parks.

T9 : Porte de Choisy – Orly

T10 : Antony – Clamart. This line will link La Croix de Berny station, on the RER B, terminus of Trans-Val-de-Marne, to Clamart – Place du Gard, The line could be extended to Issy RER and allow a connection with line 15 from the Paris metro.

T11 Express : Épinay-sur-Seine – Le Bourget.   Full commissioning of the line is expected in 2027, with extensions from Epinay-sur-Seine to Sartrouville (2027) and from Bourget to Noisy-le-Sec (2024). The line, then 28 kilometers long, will serve 17 stations.

T12: Massy-Palaisesau, Evry-Courcouronnes (Tram-train Massey-Evry) It connects the Massy-Palaiseau interchange to the Evry RER D train station via Champlan, Longjumeau, Chilly-Mazarin, Epinay-sur-Orge, Savigny-sur-Orge, Morsang-sur-Orge , Viry-Chatillon, Grigny, Ris-Orangis and Courcouronnes. The line must be extended from Massy-Palaiseau to Versailles-ChantiersThe Paris Sarclay agglo project on the T12 :

T13 : Saint-Cyr ↔ Achères-Ville (Tangentielle Ouest).  The line has a total length of 29 km and has 16 stations. Over a large part of the route, it follows the tracks of the line of the greater Paris ring ( grande ceinture ). Commissioning is planned in two phases. Phase 1 covers the section that goes from Saint-Germain-en-Laye to Saint-Cyr-l’École. Phase 2 will focus on the branch that will go from Saint-Germain-en-Laye to Achères-Ville station. (Yvelines 78).

The official RATP tramway network of Paris :

The official Mobilité Ïle de France region on tramways

There you go folks, another dandy way of transportation in my eternal Paris. OF course, you wondered why congestions with cars well the public transport development is very taxpayer expensive and not enough to cover the greater Paris metro area for years. Now with several streets turn into pedestrians the congestions will increase. Be aware of the jams and delays, even on the tramway. Welcome to Paris. I happened to have tried just the tramway T2 Val-de-Seine connecting the La Défense to the Porte de Versailles, in 17 stops! Mine was the SuresnesLongchamp; booked solid cramp always! Anyway, hope you enjoy the post.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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