Alstom has been designated as the contractor to supply rubber-tyred metros trains for lines 1, 4, 6, 11 and 14 of the Paris metro and the future Grand Paris metro.The contract is for a maximum of 217 MP14 trains over a period of 15 years and is worth a total amount of more than €2 billion.
Through this contract, three different organisations are grouping their orders: STIF (the Paris transport organising authority), Société du Grand Paris (the public agency tasked with designing and implementing the extension of the metro network) and RATP (the operator of all Paris metro lines today).
A first firm order, for an amount of around €500 million, concerns 35 eight-car metros for the automated line 14. This should be followed by a second order for up to 37 trains for extensions to this line and then conditional options.
MP14, the latest-generation rubber-tyred metro, will have a 100% electric braking system that recovers energy and re-injects it into the network in the form of electricity.
With this new rolling stock, RATP aims to reduce energy consumption by 20% compared to the previous generation of vehicles and by 50% compared to the oldest rubber-tyred rolling stock that is still in service.
In July 2013, STIF approved the proposal of RAPT to convert Line 4 into a fully automated metro line, with expected completion by 2022.