FRANCE: Paris transport operator RATP faces tougher performance targets under a four-year contract agreed in March with STIF, the organising and funding authority for the Ile de France region.

Reflecting demand for more punctual and reliable services, the contract specifies performance levels for the RER and metro with a bonus-penalty element 50% higher than under the contract which expired in 2011. A distinction is now made between peak and off-peak services, with punctuality monitored on all parts of the RER operated by RATP. The contract also covers passenger information and the cleanliness of trains and stations.

In return, STIF has agreed to invest €6?5bn in modernisation and extension of the public transport network in Ile de France over the next four years. Two-thirds of this will be spent on infrastructure upgrading and train refurbishment with one-third earmarked for line extensions and new stock.

  • On April 11 the STIF board announced the route of the planned 6 km extension of tram route T4 from Gargan to Montfermeil and confirmed that a public enquiry will be held later this year into the 20 km Massy-Evry tram-train project. Plans for the 19 km Tangentielle Ouest tram-train scheme were also approved, with 2018 now the target date for completion.