Lumière tramway, from Alstom’s Citadis line, entered commercial operation on the 10 km T9 line, which now connects Paris to Orly-Ville in 30 minutes, compared to 60 minutes beforehand.
The 45-metre long T9 line Citadis X05 has a capacity for up to 314 passengers. Starting this year, 80,000 passengers are expected on the line, which serves the 13th arrondissement of Paris and the towns of Ivry-sur-Seine, Vitry-sur-Seine, Thiais, Choisy-le-Roi, and Orly-Ville.
The Lumière tramway features 8 double-doors per side, in addition to wider, well-lit gangways to improve flow and increase the passenger exchange rate by 20 per cent. Tramways have been optimised through glass surfaces amounting to 45 per cent, with 100 per cent LED lighting, 8 extra-wide multimedia screens for visual display maps, USB ports, and bench seating. These innovations provide a high level of comfort along with an enriched passenger experience.
The tramway is also energy-efficient, thanks to improved energy usage from its traction and auxiliaries such as 100 per cent LED lighting and air conditioning respectively provide -25 per cent and -15 per cent energy usage. The overall cost of preventive maintenance has dropped by 18 per cent and the materials are 99 per cent recoverable.
Eight out of Alstom’s eighteen French sites are contributing to manufacturing these tramways. La Rochelle is responsible for the development and assembly, Ornans for motors, Le Creusot for bogies, Tarbes for modules and equipment, Valenciennes for the interior and service activities, Villeurbanne for onboard electronics, Aix-en-Provence for tachometer generators, and Saint-Ouen for design.
In November 2016, Île-de-France Mobilités, which is financing 100% of the rolling stock, chose Alstom to provide 22 Citadis X05 tramways, which feature a particularly innovative design, thanks to its new light signature which was chosen from three variants proposed by Île-de-France Mobilités during a public consultation in February 2017.
Tramway deliveries began in November 2019 and ended in December 2020, in accordance with the initial timeframe that had been agreed with prime contractor representative Transamo.
13 additional tramways have been ordered by Île-de-France Mobilités for the number 10 Tram line, which will connect Clamart to Anthony. They are currently in the development stage.