Keolis to operate two automated metro lines in Paris

Paris lines 16 and 17Île-de-France Mobilités appointed Keolis to operate Paris lines 16 and 17 scheduled to be opened in October 2026. The EUR 300 million contract will begin in July 2023 for a period of seven and includes a further option for a three-year extension.

The contract, includes operating the transport service, welcoming passengers, providing travel information and maintaining the rolling stock and stations. Keolis will also be responsible for managing Saint-Denis Pleyel station, the largest in the network, from June 2024, for commissioning of the northern extension of metro line 14. The station will welcome passengers during the 2024 Paris Olympic and Paralympic Games.

These are the first metro lines to be awarded through competitive tender in Île-de-France, apart from airport services. This is the first time Keolis has been able to apply its expertise in operating automatic metro systems to serving the daily transport needs of Île-de-France residents, with very demanding commitments in terms of quality of service.

To accomplish the quality expected by Île-de-France Mobilités, Keolis will call on leading partners in their fields such as Klépierre, the European leader in shopping centres, and start-ups offering advanced innovation.

Line 16 will call at 10 stations between Saint-Denis Pleyel and Noisy-Champs with a journey time of under 30 minutes from end to end. It will bring services to towns that are currently poorly served by public transport, such as Clichy-sous-Bois and Montfermeil, and will run between key hubs of the capital region, including the Descartes university campus and Saint-Denis. It shares a 6.4 km stretch with line 17, linking Saint-Denis Pleyel, La Courneuve Six-Routes and Le Bourget RER stations, together with the operations centre located in Aulnay-sous-Bois and Gonesse. On its completion, it is expected to carry 200,000 passengers a day.

Line 17 will serve 9 stations between Saint-Denis Pleyel and Mesnil-Amelot in under 25 minutes. The service will make daily life easier for nearly 565,000 residents, with up to 60,000 passengers ultimately expected every day. Line 17 will streamline daily travel for passengers, making it possible to reach Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport in less than 20 minutes, rather than 45 today. It will be well connected with other metro lines (14, 15 and 16), the RER B and D radial railway lines and the T1 and T11 Express tram lines.

Paris lines 16 and 17 are part of the future region’s automated metro system comprising four new lines (15, 16, 17 and 18) totalling 200 km of new tracks and 68 fully accessible stations, 80% of which will provide connections with the metro, RER, transilien and tram systems.


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