Boulevard d'Algérie - Paris (France)
Boulevard d'Algérie 15/09/2014 09h03
A Citadis 402 (341) is passing along the Parc de la Butte-du-Chapeau-Rouge on the Boulevard d'Algérie between stations Butte du Chapeau Rouge and Hôptial Robert Debré in the 19ème arrondissement. A very quiet part of Paris compared to most of the other spots along this line.
Paris tramway Line 3
Tramway line T3 is the first modern tramway in Paris proper. It is divided into two sections called T3a and T3b. The line is also known as the tramway des Maréchaux because it follows the boulevards des maréchaux, a series of boulevards that encircle Paris along the route of the former Thiers Wall (built 1841–44). The boulevards are, with three exceptions, named for Napoleon's First Empire marshals (maréchaux).
T3a connects Boulevard Victor – Pont du Garigliano RER station in the western part of the XVe arrondissement with Porte de Vincennes metro station in the XIIe arrondissement. The line carries 112 000 people per day.
The first section, between Pont du Garigliano and Porte d'Ivry, opened as T3 on 16 December 2006. Work began in early 2009 on a 14.5 kilometres (9.0 mi) extension from Porte d’Ivry to Porte de la Chapelle, via Porte de Charenton. The extension project was then split into a smaller extension to Porte de Vincennes and a separate tramway line for the remainder of the route, which became T3b. The opening of the extension and renaming to T3a occurred on 15 December 2012.
T3b connects Porte de Vincennes with Porte de la Chapelle in the XVIIIe arrondissement. It opened concurrently with the extension of T3a to Porte de Vincennes on 15 December 2012.
The design selected for line T3 was the Alstom Citadis 402.
The trains were ordered in December 2003, and manufactured in factories at Le Creusot (bogies), Tarbes (electrical and electronic traction), Villeurbanne (electronics), Ornans (motors), with final assembly performed at Aytré, near La Rochelle.
Their design aesthetic was the subject of extensive research by several designers: Régine Charvet-Pello (and designers of his company RCP Design Global) for the general concept, the colorist for Vonnik Hertig upholstery and indoor environment, Emmanuel Fedon and Luc Maillet for exterior trains. The livery of trains is personalized, combining RATP's traditional jade green with various visual symbols of the city.
Facts and Figures:
Length: T3a 12,4 km, T3b 9,9 km
Stops: T3a 25, T3b 18
Travel Time: T3a 36-43 minutes, T3b 35 minutes
Stock: T3a 21 trams, T3b (unknown)
Average distance betweens stops: T3a 517 meters, T3b
[ Source and more information: Wikipedia - Paris Tramway T3 ]