With 3.25 kilometres of track and 7 stations, Washington D.C.’s first tramway will serve the northeast part of the city. It is scheduled to start up by the end of 2013. This is the first line in a tramway network that is bound to develop rapidly in the years ahead as it becomes a key link in Washington D.C.’s urban transport system, according to DDOT plans (District of Columbia Department of Transportation).
RATP Dev, supported by its subsidiary McDonald Transit Associates, won the tender issued by DDOT to operate and maintain Washington D.C.’s first tramway line. Already operating bus lines in 15 states of the United States, RATP Dev is strengthening its position while diversifying its lines of business.
“We are very pleased to have been selected by DDOT to operate Washington D.C.’s first tramway. This is one of the first times that an American public transport organising authority has decided to award its tramway operations to a private operator. This is an enormous show of confidence in RATP Dev,” states Mathieu Dunant, CEO of RATP Dev America.
Line operation and maintenance will be carried out by a newly created subsidiary, RDMT (RATP Dev McDonald Transit). RDMT will also be in charge of the preparatory phase prior to start up, including staff training and technical runs.
After recently winning a contract to operate a bus network in Austin, Texas, this new success by RATP Dev bolsters its US strategy, where it intends to continue developing in the tramway, public transit and paratransit sectors, as well as in regular and charter interurban bus lines.
“As it strives to become the world leader in tramways, the RATP Group has proven its expertise in this transport mode: we already operate tramway lines in Paris and the greater Paris region, Manchester, Algiers, Florence and Hong Kong, as part of the city’s multimodal network,” adds Jean-Marc Janaillac, Chairman of RATP Dev’s executive board.
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