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Paris opens two new lines

The first tram to carry regular passengers on line T8 was 812, seen at St-Denis Porte de Paris on 16 December. (Image: J-C Vaudois)

Paris has opened two new tramlines (T6 and T8), meaning the French capital now has 105km (65 miles) of system. The Translohr line T6 opened on 13 December and links Châtillon-Montrouge (metro 13) with Vélizy-Villacoublay (Robert Wagner). In 2016 it will be extended in subway to Viroflay.
The conventional tramline T8 links St-Denis Porte de Paris (metro 13) with Épinay-Orgement, with a short branch to Villetaneuse-Université (where the depot is situated). It was inaugurated on 16 December, with 32m Alstom Citadis 302 cars 801-820 providing a six-minute peak service. Revenue services started on 20 December.