Light Rail, Operations and Maintenance

RATP Group awarded the contract for the operation of the metro, funicular and tramway network in Lyon

SYTRAL Mobilités, the public transport authority for the Lyon metropolitan area and its territories, has entrusted RATP Group with the contract to operate the metros, tramways and funiculars of Lyon’s TCL network (Transports en Commun Lyonnais).

The contract comes into effect on the 1st of January 2025 and also includes the operation of Lyon’s Rhônexpress airport link and future river shuttle service. RATP Dev, RATP Group’ subsidiary, will assist SYTRAL Mobilités in achieving its goal of making the Greater Lyon’s public transport exemplary, sustainable, and inclusive.

Following the vote of the SYTRAL Mobilités Board on March 28th, the transport authority confirmed the awarding to RATP Dev of the contract to operate TCL’s ‘heavy modes’. This contract includes:

  • Four metro lines, of which two are automated, 102 metro trains and 44 stations along 70 km of tracks, carrying 50 per cent of the network’s daily ridership;
  • Seven tramway lines, 107 tramways, and 128 stations along 71 km of tracks;
  • Two funicular railway lines;
  • The Rhônexpress airport link, comprising 6 trains and 4 stations over 13 km of tracks.

From January 2025 and for a contractual term of 10 years, RATP Dev will be responsible for the operation and maintenance of the rolling stock, as well as maintaining the infrastructure and the security of the TCL network.

From June 2025, RATP Dev will also manage—hand in hand with Yachts de Lyon—the operation and maintenance of the upcoming river shuttle service. This sustainable mode of transport is expected to ferry 560,000 passengers annually.

Working with SYTRAL Mobilités and in close collaboration with the operator of the buses and trolleybuses, RATP Dev will draw on RATP group’s expertise to ensure a seamless transition and a continued high-quality service offer every day.

Hiba Farès, RATP Dev’s CEO said RATP Dev are honoured to earn the trust of SYTRAL Mobilités.

“We will support our client in the implementation of an ambitious transport policy, one that serves development needs while taking social and environmental considerations into account,” she said.

“Alongside the employees of the TCL network, we will provide recognised expertise in metro and tramway systems, with the goal of making SYTRAL Mobilités’ vision for the Lyon metropolitan area and territories and its residents a reality.

“My congratulations to all the teams from RATP Dev whose commitment has convinced SYTRAL Mobilités. It is that same commitment that we are harnessing today to serve the people of this city and its surrounding territories.”

Together with the TCL teams, RATP Dev will support the major transformations planned by SYTRAL Mobilités over the coming years, in particular the automation of Line A, modernisation of Lines C and D, the launch of tramway lines T9 and T10, as well as the extension of Line T6.

To accelerate the network’s decarbonisation, RATP Dev will help provide a clean electricity supply for the network, with priority given to local production. The company will also put in place a measuring tool to monitor its environmental impact, in support of SYTRAL Mobilités’ commitments.

RATP Dev builds upon an extensive community of experts in urban rail transport, specialising in the design and continuous modernisation of rail networks, and the management of complex projects. At the service of our clients, with a relentless focus on passenger satisfaction and operational performance, and with constant attention to the teams, communities and the environment, RATP Dev is committed every day, all over the world.

This contract joins a long list of references including Sydney, Riyadh, Doha, Belgrade and Greater Paris.