The unique advantages of modern tramways in terms of technology, investment cost and environmental protection compared with other means of transport are increasingly recognized, and tramways are being actively promoted in many countries, including France. Over the past 20 years, SYSTRA has been continuously involved in the construction of tramways around the world, and its experts have been involved in every aspect of implementation, from preliminary design to system commissioning.
In 1996, the city of Bordeaux decided to entrust a project team led by SYSTRA with full responsibility for the construction of the city's tramway network, which consists of 3 lines, about 43 kilometers in length, with easy transfers between the lines.
In 1996-1997, the project team completed several phases of engineering design and investment cost estimation. In 1997, SYSTRA began to take charge of the first phase of the line network construction (including 3 lines and a total length of 24.7 km) as the general contractor of the project. The project was formally started in February 2000, line A was put into use in December 2003, and line B and line C were put into operation in 2004. The extension of line A to link the district health service center was put into service in June 2005.
In 2002, the project team led by SYSTRA was entrusted again by the municipal government of Bordeaux to undertake the second phase of the tramway network, which also consists of 3 lines and is about 18km in length.
The second phase of the project begins in 2007, when Bordeaux's tramway network will set a new record as the largest in France.
In the total length of about 43 kilometers of line network, 10 kilometers of lines will be powered from the ground, so as to avoid the impact of setting up the catenary and its support on the urban landscape.
In order to successfully realize the construction plan of the city's fully closed bus network in 2015 on the basis of the completion of the second phase of tramway project, the Bordeaux government entrusted the feasibility study of third phase to a project team led by SYSTRA in 2003.
In 1990, SYSTRA completed the preliminary design of the totally closed bus network in Orleans and the selection of system equipment.
Since 1996, SYSTRA has been responsible for the implementation of the first tramway line in the area as the general contractor, and the system was put into operation in November 2000. The region's long-term network consists of 2 lines, 18km in length and totally 23 stations, it will provide convenient transportation between the north and south of the city and the city center.
In the early 1990s, SYSTRA began to participate in the planning of the traffic construction project in Mulhouse area.
In June 2000, the general contractor in charge of the construction of the Mulhouse tramway project signed a technical service contract with a team led by SYSTRA. With a total length of 19 km and 39 stations, the first phase of the project is about 11 km long and is put into operation in 2005.
SYSTRA's technical services cover all stages of project implementation, including concept design, construction supervision, and rolling stock supervision and trial operation organization. For long term, the urban tram network will connect with the suburban rail transit lines, thus becoming the first combination of "tramway + suburban railway" in France.
In early 2003, SYSTRA was entrusted as the general contractor for Toulon's first tramway line.
The line is 17.7km long, with 37 stations, provides convenient transport between Station La Seyne in the west of the city，Station La Garde in the east and the city center. The line is in double track, using catenary power supply system. The work undertaken by SYSTRA includes design work at all stages, system equipment fabrication supervision and municipal planning adjustment.
In 2002, a project led by SYSTRA became the general contractor for the second phase of the Saint-Etienne tramway network.
The project includes 2km long new line and the renovation of 2km of existing lines. SYSTRA is mainly responsible for the design and construction of line infrastructure and related municipal planning projects. The second phase is put into operation in 2005.
Nantes uses a French standard tramway system. The city's first tramway line opened in 1985.The present tramway network in Nantes is the largest of its kind in France. It consists of 3 lines with a total length of 38 km.
SYSTRA has been involved in various construction stages of the tramway network:
Line 1: From 1979 to 1988, SYSTRA undertook detailed design, construction supervision, preparation of rolling stock user requirements and preparation of tendering documents for the project of line 1.
Line 2: During the period 1991-1993, SYSTRA was responsible as a general contractor for project implementation relating to the power supply system, the central control center and the catenary. In 1994, SYSTRA completed the project preparation document for the west extension of line 2 (2.5 km) and the feasibility study for the extension of line 1 (6.5 km).
Later, the SOGREAH PRAUD group, with SYSTRA as the core member, won the general contract of line 3 again.
Three cities in France have retained the old tramway system (" Mongy "). Lille is one of them. The city's existing tramway line is about 19 kilometers long and has 36 stations.
In 1994, SYSTRA took full responsibility as the general contractor for the renovation of the city's existing lines, his specific service contents include: from the concept design to the system trial running of each stage of the work and maintenance guidance needed to ensure the daily operation of the line.