Mock-up of the MF19

Île-de-France Mobilités makes 1.1 billion euro order from Alstom

Mock-up of the MF19 IDFM

Île-de-France Mobilités has ordered 103 new MF19 subway trains for the Paris metro lines 8, 12, and 13 from Alstom. The new trains are scheduled to be deployed between 2027 and 2029. This procurement is estimated at nearly 1.1 billion euros (excluding taxes). Île-de-France Mobilités is providing 100% of the funding for these 103 trains, which will be operated by RATPgroup.

This order follows that of 44 trains for lines 10, 3bis, and 7bis in 2019. Further orders to supplement lines 8, 12, 3, and 7 are expected soon. In total, eight metro lines (3, 3bis, 7, 7bis, 8, 10, 12, and 13) will benefit from these new trains, replacing the MF67, MF77, and MF88 models. Their arrival, expected as early as 2025 on line 10, is part of a broader strategy to accelerate the modernization of the metro network, driven by the organising authority. This strategy has triggered unprecedented investments, totalling nearly 10 billion euros by 2035.

This latest order aims to allow Alstom to secure its supply chains while adapting to the progress of necessary infrastructure works, such as platform adjustments, platform screen doors, and signalling systems, on the lines, says Île-de-France Mobilités.

Mock-up of the MF19
Mock-up of the MF19 (Photo: IDFM)

The MF19

The modular MF19 comes in three train lengths, can switch between manual and automatic operation, and offers various interior layouts to suit the requirements of different lines. It has a “boa” train design, meaning it is open along its entire length. This allows for more light to enter the trains, better views, and facilitates passenger movement on board, says Île-de-France Mobilités.

Offering choices with different waiting areas for short and long journeys, as well as designated spaces for passengers with reduced mobility, the MF19 ensures efficient passenger distribution and onboard comfort. The MF19 is equipped with reversible air conditioning, natural lighting, USB ports, and real-time passenger information screens. The MF19 will also feature video surveillance.

Lastly, its electromagnetic braking system will significantly reduce pollutants associated with mechanical braking, while its LED lighting system will cut energy consumption by 20 per cent.

Inside the future MF19 (Photo: IDFM)
Inside the future MF19 (Photo: IDFM)

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Author: Emma Dailey

Emma Dailey is an editor at RailTech.com and RailTech.be.

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