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The ORA consortium will operate and maintain Line 15 South of the Grand Paris Express public transit network

posted on 19th Jul 2023 17:21

On 18 July 2023 the Board of Directors of Île-de-France Mobilités (IdFM), the public transit authority of the Greater Paris region, has awarded the contract to operate and maintain Line 15 South of the Grand Paris Express to the international ORA Consortium which comprises RATP Dev as majority shareholder, Alstom, and ComfortDelGro.

The new automated metro line will cover 33 km, pass through 22 municipalities, and serve 16 stations in the Greater Paris region. It is scheduled to enter service in late 2025. The six-year contract, which can be extended to nine years, includes operation of the automated metro trains, stations, and centralized control center, as well as the maintenance and upkeep of the rolling stock. The consortium's scope of action will also include management of the passenger relations and traveler information system.

Line 15: a vital artery of the Grand Paris Express network

Line 15 will be the central link in the Grand Paris Express, an ambitious project to extend the Greater Paris region's public transit network with over 200 km of new metro lines. Upon completion, Line 15 will form a 75 km circular line around Paris, linking 45 municipalities and carrying over 1.5 million passengers every day. The ORA Consortium, led by RATP Dev, will support the entry into service of Line 15 South, its first 33 km section.

As a global operator of urban and intercity transportation systems, and an expert in the operation and maintenance of automated metros, RATP Dev will coordinate the ORA Consortium's activities with the aim of supporting the entry into service of an important line for the residents of the Greater Paris region, thus confirming the region as a global reference for automated metros.

Thanks to its experience in managing complex interfaces, RATP Dev will coordinate all operation and maintenance activities in the contract. RATP Dev is recognized by transportation authorities across the world for its design and operation of large-scale automated metro projects, and management of complex interfaces.  Recent references include Belgrade, Serbia (design phase), Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and Sydney, Australia (project phase), and Doha, Qatar (operation). For the entry into service of Line 15 South, RATP Dev will rely on Alstom to see to the maintenance of the rolling stock. 

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