Régie autonome des transports parisiens (RATP), the operator of the Paris metro, has placed an order with Siemens for the Communications-Based Train Control (CBTC) system of line 14.
Fully automated line 14 opened in 1998 and is currently 9 km long and comprises 9 stations. The extended line will be 28 km long with 21 stations and will form the backbone of the Grand Paris Express, the planned new fully automated metro network for Paris and its suburbs. The route will connect Orly airport in the south to Saint-Denis Pleyel station in the north, crossing the city centre.
The system is expected to go into operation in 2024. By then, line 14 is expected to become the busiest line of the Paris metro.
The contract with Siemens comprises the Grade of Automation 4 (GoA4) Trainguard MT CBTC and an option for maintenance services over the system’s lifetime.
The work includes replacing the existing CBTC system with a new one on the existing line sections and the existing 35 trains on-board. Siemens will also install the CBTC system on the line extensions and on the whole fleet, which is to increase to 72 trains in 2024.
The contract also includes an operations control center and the implementation of a shared backup operations control center.