Shadow Operator of New Greater Paris Driverless Metro Lines Chosen

A consortium made up of Transamo, Transdev Group and Strides International Business, has been awarded the shadow operator contract for four new Greater Paris driverless metro lines by the Société du Grand Paris (SGP) and Île-de-France Mobilités (IdFM).

Set to begin operation between 2024 and 2030, the four new metro lines – 15, 16, 17 and 18 – are part of the ambitious Grand Paris Express. Europe’s largest urban sustainable project, it aims to reduce pollution and congestion across the region.

The Grand Paris Express
The Grand Paris Express

The four new automatic metro lines will cross the territories of Greater Paris, providing improved connectivity between suburban districts, and linking important transport hubs in the capital.

The main scope of the shadow operator will be to provide technical support and assistance to the SGP and IdFM prior to the selection of the operator for each of the four new lines.

As international transportation operators, Transdev Group and Strides International Business (formerly SMRT International), along with transport engineering and project management specialist Transamo, will offer their expertise and experience to enhance safety, reliability and commuter experience.

This project is the first major international cooperation between Transdev Group and Strides International Business following the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in 2020.

Looking ahead, the partnership aims to pursue other operation and maintenance opportunities internationally in the future.

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