New ‘Lumière’ trams light up Île-de-France line T9

The 'Lumière' trams feature external illuminations to show which doors are open and which are closing.

Île-de-France tram line T9 opened for passenger service on 10 April 2021, connecting Paris to Orly-Ville in 30 minutes, compared to 60 minutes using other public transport.

The line is operated by 22 new Alstom Citadis X05 trams, known as ‘Lumière’ due to the distinctive built-in illuminations that were chosen from three variants proposed by Île-de-France Mobilités during a public consultation in February 2017. The final design features a red line of light when the doors close, a green one when they open and a continuous white one when the tram is in motion.

The illuminated theme continues inside each 45-metre-long tram.

Each 45-metre-long tram has a capacity of 314 passengers. Every year, 80,000 passengers are expected to use the line, which serves the 13th arrondissement of Paris and the towns of Ivry-sur-Seine, Vitry-sur-Seine, Thiais, Choisy-le-Roi, and Orly-Ville.

Jean-Baptiste Eyméoud, Alstom.

Jean-Baptiste Eyméoud, Alstom France president, said: “Alstom and its teams are proud to see that Citadis trams are now operational on the T9 line, a much-anticipated route for Val-de-Marne residents.

“With their particularly innovative design, we have full confidence in the capacity for these new trams to meet the high expectations for comfort and reliability of Parisians and Île-de-France residents.”

An additional 13 trams have been ordered by Île-de-France Mobilités for its T10 tram line, which will connect Clamart to Anthony.

A tram calls at Orly – Gaston Viens on Paris’ new T9 route.

Services on the new line, which began after a three-month trial, are being operated by Keolis.

To fill operating and maintenance positions, Keolis, which was awarded the contract in July 2019 following a competition with other operators, recruited 100 employees, 89% of whom live in the region.

Île-de-France tram lines T9 and T10. (click for full system map)

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