Alstom Citadis tram entered service on line 8 of the Ile-de-France tram network, linking Saint-Denis with Epinay-sur-Seine and Villetaneuse.
This new service is a result of the contract between RATP and Alstom, signed in 2010, for the supply of 19 trams for line T7 , with an option on 20 trams for line T8. This option was exercised in April 2013. The trams for the Ile-de-France region are financed by STIF. The line serves 17 stations and covers a distance of more than 8 kilometres. It improves transport services to the north-western Seine-Saint-Denis area and provides easier access to centres of learning and business parks.
At 32 metres long and 2.4 metres wide, the Citadis T8 trams can each hold around 200 passengers, the equivalent of more than 3 bus loads. Citadis offers optimum on-board comfort, with low flooring throughout, air conditioning, CCTV, a passenger counting system and audio and visual passenger information. Being up to 90% recyclable, Citadis also helps protect the environment.