With a length of 11.2 km, the T7 is Paris’ latest tramline. Opened in December 2013, it serves 18 stations between the towns of Villejuif and Athis-Mons, as well as Orly airport in under 30 minutes. An extension of the line is planned during a second phase, which will allow it to reach Juvisy-sur-Orge.
The main aim of the new line is to improve the commute between suburbs – something that was sorely needed, thanks to the presence of more than 300,000 people who live and work in the area. With a tram running every 6 minutes, the T7 will transport nearly 30,000 commuters per day. It will also be super-accessible, as it features low flooring and adapted platforms which will ensure safe access for people with reduced mobility.
In conjunction with the opening of the T7, a plan to improve nearby bus lines has been implemented in order to optimise the service shared between buses and tramway.
In addition, the T7 storage and maintenance site meets High Environmental Quality standards related to energy and water management and hosts the necessary exploitation, storage and maintenance facilities. The building itself has an efficient thermal insulation, optimising the number of windows/openings to let in natural light which limits energy consumption. Other devices have been put in place: rain water is reused and the water from the machine used to clean the tramway is 100% recycled. Also, a solar power station will be set up in order to meet low energy standards.
A technical visit to this storage and maintenance site as well as tramway trip will be organised during the upcoming conference: Getting ahead of change!, The European Mobility Conference Moving Together (11-12 June, in Paris). During this conference, more than 30 high level speakers from different backgrounds will pool their expertise and take an in-depth look at the future of European mobility.
- To register or find out more, visit the event website: www.moving-together.com