Île-de-France tramway Line 2

Île-de-France tramway Line 2 (T2; French: Ligne 2 du tramway d'Île-de-France) is part of the modern tram network of the Île-de-France region of France. It connects the commune of Bezons in the north to the Porte de Versailles Métro station in Paris in the south, serving Hauts-de-Seine and its La Défense business district.[1][2]

Tramway T2
Tramways in Île-de-France Île-de-France tramway Line 2
Paris 06 2012 T2 tram 3153.JPG
Porte de Versailles, the line's southern terminus in the 15th arrondissement of Paris
Overview
StatusOpen
OwnerRATP
TerminiPorte de Versailles
Pont de Bezons
Stations24
Service
TypeTram
SystemTramways in Île-de-France
Operator(s)RATP
Rolling stock66 Alstom Citadis
RidershipApprox. 20 million journeys per year
History
Opened
Technical
Line length17.9 km (11.1 mi)
Track gauge1,435 mm (4 ft 8+12 in)
Stations

Pont de Bezons
Seine
Parc Pierre Lagravère
La Marine Shops
Victor Basch
Jacqueline Auriol
Charlebourg
TransilienTransilien
Les Fauvelles
Faubourg de l'Arche
La Défense
Paris MétroParis Métro Line 1 RERRER A TransilienTransilienTransilien
Puteaux
TransilienTransilienTransilien
Belvédère
Suresnes Longchamp
Seine
Les Coteaux
Les Milons
Parc de Saint-Cloud
Paris MétroParis Métro Line 10
Musée de Sèvres
Paris MétroParis Métro Line 9
Brimborion
Meudon-sur-Seine
Les Moulineaux
Issy-les-Moulineaux Shops
Jacques-Henri Lartigue
Issy–Val de Seine
RERRER C
Seine
Henri Farman
Suzanne Lenglen
Tramways in Île-de-FranceÎle-de-France tramway Line 3a Paris MétroParis Métro Line 8
Porte d'Issy
Tramways in Île-de-FranceÎle-de-France tramway Line 3a
Porte de Versailles
Tramways in Île-de-FranceÎle-de-France tramway Line 3a Paris MétroParis Métro Line 12

The line has a length of 17.9 km (11.1 mi) and 24 stations. The initial section between La Défense station and Issy–Val de Seine station, opened in July 1997, uses a former heavy rail line converted into light rail, whereas the further extensions on both ends opened in November 2009 and November 2012 feature segregated on-street running.

RouteEdit

 
Schematic map of Line 2

Communes servedEdit

Line 2 serves the communes of Bezons (one stop), Colombes (three stops), La Garenne-Colombes (two stops), Courbevoie (one stop), Puteaux (two stops), Suresnes (two stops), Saint-Cloud (three stops), Sèvres (one stop), Meudon (two stops), Issy-les-Moulineaux (three stops) and Paris (four stops).

Places of interestEdit

The line allows visitors to access the Grande Arche in La Défense, the Parc de Saint-Cloud at the eponym stop, the Manufacture nationale de Sèvres at Musée de Sèvres and Paris expo Porte de Versailles at its southern terminus.

Rolling stockEdit

Line 2 is operated by the Régie autonome des transports parisiens (RATP) under the authority of Île-de-France Mobilités (IDFM). The line's success (115,000 people use it daily) led to its Tramway Français Standard (TFS) rolling stock to be replaced starting in 2002 by Alstom Citadis trams; the TFS rolling stock was transferred to Île-de-France tramway Line 1 to increase its capacity.[3]

As the Citadis trams also rapidly proved insufficient in terms of size, they were doubled in length in 2005 by using a Scharfenberg coupler, raising the capacity of each tram to 440 passengers. Several stops were also therefore doubled in length. With the extension to Porte de Versailles and the line crossing several intersections, the RATP had each tram's front and rear coupler covered, so that in the event of a collision with a pedestrian, the damage sustained by the person would be less severe.

GalleryEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ T2 - Prolongement La Défense – Bezons (in French), www.driea.ile-de-france.developpement-durable.gouv.fr
  2. ^ Tramway : 7 nouvelles stations pour le T2 (in French), France 3 Régions
  3. ^ Ligne 5 du tramway, bientôt sur les rails Archived 19 November 2012 at the Wayback Machine (in French)

Coordinates: 48°50′35″N 2°13′19″E / 48.8431°N 2.2219°E / 48.8431; 2.2219