New management system for line B
Created in 1982, line B of the RER is undergoing substantial investment over the period from 2010 to 2013.
Until 7 July 2008, trains on line B were driven by SNCF drivers on the northern part of the line and RATP drivers on the southern part, with the drivers swapping over at Gare du Nord. Since 2009, each train has been driven by a single driver from one end of the line to the other. This makes the line easier to operate and saves precious seconds by reducing the time spent stationary at Gare du Nord.
A major investment plan
119 RATP trains and 51 SNCF “MI 79” trains will be refurbished between 2010 and 2014 at a total cost of 317 million euro. 50% of the funding will come from STIF, the Paris region transport organising authority, with RATP and SNCF contributing the remaining 50% in pro rata to their respective fleets.
The new train exterior combines RATP’s jade green, SNCF’s “crimson” red and the “vivid silver” of STIF according to the new colour code of renovated trains in Ile-de-France.
Line B has: