Régie des Transports Marseillais

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Area served Marseilles, France
Metro Lines Operated 2
Tram Lines Operated 3
Ferry Routes Operated 2
Bus Routes Operated 106
Bus Fleet Size >650 buses

The Régie des Transports Marseillais (RTM) is the agency responsible for all public transport in Marseilles, France. RTM operates multiple forms of transit, and offers a real-time bus map on their website.

Bus

Marseilles operates 106 bus routes, and 3 BRT routes. The BRT routes run the northern outer reaches of the city, connecting people to Metro stations.

Rolling Stock

  • BRT: No information available
  • Local: Most commonly found manufacturer is Mercedes. Marseilles operates both rigid and articulated buses. Some articulated buses have been modified to run on a hybrid-electric system.

Tram

There are 3 tram routes, T1, T2, and T3. The tram network serves 32 stations, and runs on 15.8 km of track. The track is 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in) standard gauge.

Rolling Stock

Bombardier Flexity Outlook trams used in Marseille

Customized Bombardier Flexity Outlook trams are used on all lines. Composed of five articulated sections, they are 32.5 m long and 2.4m wide. They can be extended by 10 m by adding two additional articulated sections.[1]

Their exterior and interior appearance was designed by MBD Design.[1] The exterior resembles the hull of a ship, and the driver's cabin resembles the bow. A lighted circle near the top of the cabs displays the colour of the line the tram is on. Inside the tram, the floor, walls and ceiling are coloured blue, and seats and shutters are made of wood.

Metro

Marseilles operates 2 metro lines, Line 1 and Line 2, whose colors are blue and red respectively. The two lines only intersect twice, at Gare SNCF St. Charles and at Castellane. Line 2 runs a primarily North-South route, but Line 1 runs from the Northeast, to downtown, and back east to the southeast.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 François Enver, « Un navire sur rail », published in Ville & transports magazine n°427, page 34.