Woven wants to strengthen its tramway offer in Toulouse. The public transport network thus buy nine additional trainsets. Six of them will be used on the LAE (Airport Express Line). As a reminder, it will be put into service in 2026 and will replace the T2 tram line. The LAE will provide a connection with the future 3rd metro line. With a length of 27km, it should see the light of day in 2028. in 24 minutes from the city center.
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The other three trains ordered join line T1. They allow a frequency of 4 minutes 30 during rush hour, between Palais de Justice and Odyssud, and eventually on the entire line. This acquisition of additional trains is possible thanks to a grouping of orders. Brest metropolis and Grand Besançon Metropolis also needed to develop their tramway offer. They decided to come together to order together 24 new trainsets instead of five to ten per transport network.
A grouping of orders to optimize costs
This Wednesday, September 29, 2021, Jean-Michel Lattes, president of Tisséo Collectivités and Tisséo Ingénierie, announced the launch of this grouping of orders during the National Public Transport Meetings (RNTP). For local authorities and the Toulouse public transport network, the advantages are substantial. This approach will allow them to “launch an attractive order for manufacturers with the possibility of obtaining more competitive offers” and “to optimize the purchase for the three networks concerned with the achievement of an economy of scale, allowing to pool the fixed costs of designing and producing these trains “.
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Tisséo Collectivités will coordinate this grouping of orders. The consultation will be launched in early 2022 and the choice of the manufacturer will be made in February 2023. The trains will be delivered between late 2025 and early 2026. If the Toulouse public transport network will acquire nine, Brest Métropole will have ten and Grand Besançon Métropole five to eight. The communities respectively want a more efficient mesh network and complete their tramway offerings.