PARIS Transport Authority (RATP) celebrated the opening of a 1.9km extension of metro Line 12 on May 31.

The extension runs from Front Populaire in Aubervilliers to Mairie d’Aubervilliers, with a single intermediate station at Aimé Césaire.

The project cost €243.9m and was financed by central government, the Île-de-France region and the department of Seine-Saint-Denis.

Line 12 is now 17km long with 31 stations. The extension is expected to add another 40,000 passengers to the existing ridership of 250,000 a day.

The new terminus at Mairie d’Aubervillers will become an interchange with Line 15, an orbital route being built under the Grand Paris Express project, which is scheduled to open in 2030.

RATP says the current fleet of MF67 stock operating on Line 12 will be replaced by 51 new MF19 trains by 2028. They form part of a €2.9bn order for up to 410 MF19 steel-wheeled trains placed with Alstom in December 2019.

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