The announcement dates back to last April. Prime Minister Jean Castex announced the State’s contribution to the Toulouse construction projecta 3rd metro line. A contribution amounting to 200 million euros. This funding was obtained after the call for “Sustainable Transport and Mobility” projects launched by the State in December 2020 in connection with the 2020-2022 Recovery Plan with the objective of financing metro projects on condition that the works are in progress committed by 2022.
This Tuesday, October 20, the financing agreement proposed to the union committee on October 20, with the Agence de Financement des Infrastructures de Transport de France (AFITF) visit and formalize this commitment.
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Jean-Michel Lattes, president of Tisséo Communities indicates in a press release that “this financing agreement confirms the State’s commitment to contribute to the realization of the 3rd metro line project”. And to add: “this support confirms the ecological and economic interest of the project”. As a reminder, the project for the 3rd metro line, 27 km long, between Colomiers and Labège represents an estimated cost of 2.63 billion euros HT. Its commissioning is scheduled for the end of 2028.
Why a 3rd metro line?
The challenges of the third metro line are multiple. First of all, it will have to meet the growing demand for travel from the inhabitants of the Toulouse metropolitan area, i.e. 100,000 inhabitants. “This project will provide travel for the 70,000 employees of the aeronautical and airport hub and for the 63,000 jobs in the innovation hubs in the south-east of the region,” said Jean-Michel Lattes.
In addition, this third underground axis should promote connections between the different modes of transport in common and in particular with the rail mode. Finally, it should allow a reduction in the use of private cars, thus meeting the ecological issues.