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RATP Dev Awarded Contract to Operate Lyon’s Metro, Tram and Funicular Services

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French transportation giant RATP Group has secured a significant contract to oversee the operation of Lyon‘s metro, tram, and funicular services following a vote by the public transport authority Sytral Mobilités.

RATP’s subsidiary, RATP Dev, will begin managing Lyon’s four metro lines, seven tramway lines, two funicular railway lines, and the Rhônexpress airport link from January 1, 2025, through 2034.

Replacing Keolis, RATP Dev takes the helm of the metro and tram networks while Keolis retains control of bus and trolleybus services under TCL (Transports en Commun Lyonnais).

Hiba Farès, CEO of RATP Dev, expressed gratitude for earning the trust of SYTRAL Mobilités and outlined plans to align transport operations with development needs, social considerations, and environmental goals.

RATP will assume responsibility not only for operating the network but also ensuring infrastructure maintenance and security, in addition to managing the fleet comprising metro trains, tramways, and airport link trains.

Commencing June 2025, RATP will extend its operational scope to include a new river ferry shuttle service in collaboration with Yachts de Lyon, a local boat hire company.

Although Keolis vied to continue managing tramways, trains, and metros, Sytral opted for RATP due to the overall cost benefits, despite receiving equivalent technical propositions from both companies.

Bruno Bernard, President of the Lyon metropolitan area and Sytral, sees the selection as propelling the TCL network into a new era marked by collaboration between globally recognized operators for enhanced service quality and user experience.

Besides its domestic operations, RATP orchestrates public transport networks in diverse global locations like Sydney, Riyadh, Doha, and is currently involved in a rail project connecting Québec City to Toronto.

Rachel Adams

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