THE transport authority for the greater Paris region, Île-de-France Mobility, has selected a joint venture of SNCF Voyageurs and Keolis as preferred bidder for the first PSO contract to be awarded on the Transilien commuter network serving the French capital.

The award of the contract is due to be confirmed by the governing council of Île-de-France Mobility during its meeting on October 12.

The contract covers the operation of tram-train line T4, which runs from Bondy to Aulnay-sous-Bois and Hôpital de Montfermeil, and line T11 from Épinay-sur-Seine to Le Bourget. It also includes the branch of Line P from Esbly to Crécy-la-Chapelle which is operated with tram-train rolling stock.

In 2021, a total of 2.9 million train-km were operated on the three lines, representing 4.6% of total train-km operated on the Paris suburban network by SNCF Transilien.

Around 70,000 passenger journeys a day were made on the tram-train services, 2% of the SNCF Transilien total for 2021, with 900 services a day serving 32 stations or stops.

Île-de-France Mobility says that this contract is the first to be awarded as it opens up the entire Île-de-France public transport network to competition, as required by national and European Union (EU) legislation.