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Template:Infobox Public transit The Strasbourg tram system, run by the CTS, consists of six lines, A, B, C, D, E and F.<ref name="network-map" /> Lines A and D were opened in 1994, lines B and C were opened in 2000, line E was opened in 2007 and line F was opened in 2010. It is regarded as a remarkable example of the tramway's rebirth in the 1990s. Together with the success seen in Nantes since 1985, the Strasbourg experiment resulted in the construction of tramways in other French urban areas, such as Montpellier and Nice.

Horse-drawn and electric, 1878 - 1960

The first tram line in Strasbourg, which was originally horse-drawn, opened in 1878. After 1894, when an electric powered tram system was introduced, a widespread network of tramways was built in the largest city of Alsace, including also several longer distance lines on both sides of the Rhine. The decline of the tramways system began in the 1930s, and ended with the retirement of the service in 1960. After a long drawn out communal political decision process, the tram was reintroduced in 1994. As part of the redevelopment of the city, a track of a total 33 km distance was built, on which 5 tram line services have been developed.

On the 5th April 1877 the Strasbourg Horse Railway Company ("Straßburger Pferde-Eisenbahngesellschaft") was founded, and the name changed on 25 April 1888 to the Strasbourg Tramway Company ("Straßburger Straßenbahngesellschaft"). Since May 1897, the AEG electrical manufacturing company was the main shareholder. In 1912 the company was transferred to the possession of the city of Strasbourg. When Alsace became part of France in November 1918, the name of the company was translated into French, "Compagnie des tramways strasbourgeois“ (CTS). In this form it still exists today.

Public transport in Strasbourg had begun in 1848 with horse-drawn omnibuses and carriages. The first standard gauge tracks of the Horse/Railway Company were opened on 20 July 1878. These passed through the areas of "Hönheim" and "zur Kehler Brücke". In the inner city, horses were used. In the suburbs, small steam locomotives drew the carriages. By 1885 further lines to the suburbs of Königshofen, Robertsau, Neuhof and Wolfisheim were opened, and in 1886 the meter gauge was first used in extending the track to Grafenstaden.

The electric company of AEG was engaged to install electric traction of that line in December 1894. Though the contract between town and company had included the maintaining of standard gauge, since 1897, the standard gauge tracks were converted to one-meter gauge. New lines were built and run to Kronenburg, Lingolsheim and Breuschwickersheim. In addition to the network in town, an overland network was built, mainly worked with steam traction, extending from Strasbourg to the Vosges Mountains, Colmar and across the Rhine into Baden.

After in 1918 Strasbourg had become French, the 1920 all lines east of the Rhine (almost 50% of the overland network or 35% of the total network) were taken over at first by the shortly founded general German railway company of Deutsche Reichseisenbahnen, than in 1922 by the regional Mittelbadische Eisenbahnen (Central Baden Railways).

In 1930, the network comprised 234 km of track, about 100 km in town and 130 km overland lines, all in France. There were 55 million passengers in 1930 and 71.5 million passengers in 1943. In the 1950s, the tram, already weakened by World War II, faced competition from other modes of transport such as the bus, the bicycle and the private automobile. The tram system was abandoned in 1960 and replaced by buses; the last tram ran on May 1, 1960. Much of the traffic was absorbed by the private automobile.

Reintroduction (1994)

The debate: tram or light metro?

Due to increasing traffic and pollution, the Urban Community of Strasbourg considered building a Véhicule Automatique Léger network with two lines. The choice of rapid transit system became a major point of debate at the 1989 municipal elections, with the incumbent right-wing majority favouring the VAL, while the opposition Socialists campaigned for a modern tramway.<ref name="Strasbourg, les étapes">Template:Cite web</ref><ref name="Mon itinéraire">Template:Cite web</ref>

Shopkeepers in the city centre were also in favour of the VAL, on the grounds that the construction of the tramway and subsequent loss of parking spaces would deter customers. Meanwhile, the opposition campaigning for the tramway emphasised its cost-efficiency relative to the VAL (1 kilometre of VAL track cost as much to build as 4 kilometres of tramway) and the revitalization and pedestrianization of the city centre that the construction of the tramway entailed.<ref name="Origines du projet">Template:Cite web.</ref>

The tramway's victory

With Catherine Trautmann's election as mayor of Strasbourg, the VAL project was abandoned in favour of the tramway.<ref name=wansbeek>Template:Cite journal</ref>

The first line, line A, opened on the 25th of November 1994. At 9.8 kilometres long, it signalled the tramway's return to Strasbourg. The line ran from the western suburb of Hautepierre to Illkirch-Graffenstaden (Baggersee station). In order to cross the railway lines near the Gare de Strasbourg, a 1 400 m long tunnel was dug with a tunnel boring machine between the Rotonde and Ancienne Synagogue/Les Halles stations. The Gare Centrale station, serving Strasbourg's railway station, is situated 17 m underground in this tunnel.

Artists were commissioned to create artworks relating to the city. In particular, the Oulipo was responsible for writing short texts on the columns in the stations, but with the following four constraints:

  • Homophonic variations: sentences formed from the syllables in the sentence ' Le tramway de Strasbourg ' (e.g. Les trois mouettes de Strauss: pour) form the basis of a short story ending with the aforementioned sentence.
  • Toponymic inscriptions: written in the style of a dictionary entry, they present a fictional etymology for each station name.
  • The récit au beau présent is a story written only with the letters present in the station name.
  • Finally, there are proverbs which have been transformed by the addition of the word 'tram' or 'tramway'.<ref name="Troll de tram">Template:Cite web</ref>

The network's construction was accompanied by town planning operations, with the intention of promoting city centre access by tram. Park and ride facilities were also built near suburban stations in order to encourage motorists to use the tram.<ref name="Park & Ride">Template:Cite web</ref> Indeed, the rationale behind the tramway's reintroduction was the perceived negative effect of the automobile's omnipresence in the city (pollution, congestion, disorderly parking). With the construction of the tramway, the city centre was pedestrianised and parking in the city centre was reduced via out-of-town park and ride facilities. Access to the city centre was closed off to cars in 1992.<ref name="Déplacements et commerces: Impacts du tramway sur le commerce dans l'agglomération strasbourgeoise">Template:Cite web</ref>


First phase (1998)

On the 4th of July 1998, a first extension began: line A was extended 2.8 km further south into Illkirch-Graffenstaden. Just under two months later, on the 31st of August 1998, line D (Rotonde - Étoile - Polygone) entered service thanks to a short branch near the Place de l'Étoile. This new line uses the line A track for most of its journey, enabling higher tram frequencies in the city centre.<ref name=Strasbourg-Tramways>Template:Cite web</ref>

Second phase (2000)

The network was further extended on the 1st of September 2000 as line B and C (total length: 11.9 km) entered service. They both originate from the same terminus, situated in Elsau, a residential area. They share a trunk line which leads to the city centre, crossing it from the south-east to the north-west. At the Homme de Fer station, the lines cross the track of lines A and D. This junction became the centre of the network. The two lines diverge at the République station: line C leads to the terminus in the Esplanade district via the university area, while line B heads north, serving the Wacken exhibition centre. It then passes through the communes of Schiltigheim and Bischheim before reaching the Hoenheim terminus, in the commune of Hoenheim.<ref name="Strasbourg passe au tout-tram">Template:Cite news</ref>

Link with regional rail (2002)

In September 2002, the Hoenheim terminus was linked to the Alsace regional train (TER) on the Strasbourg-Lauterbourg line. A year later, a new exchange was created at Krimmeri-Meinau: a railway station was built next to the eponymous tram stop, allowing transfers between line A (and line E in 2007) and regional trains running on the Strasbourg-Offenburg line.<ref name="DESSERTES PÉRIURBAINES DES GRANDES AGGLOMÉRATIONS">Template:Cite web</ref>

Third phase (2007)

The tramway remained largely unchanged until 2007, when a new wave of extensions was completed. These extensions should have been finished in 2006, but were delayed by appeals lodged by several associations and three individuals (including two Green Party councillors)<ref name="La troisième phase d'extension du tram de Strasbourg">Template:Cite journal</ref>

On 25 August 2007 lines C and D were extended, and line E entered service. Line D was extended to a new terminus (Aristide Briand), while line C was lengthened by 4.2 km, taking it into the heart of Neuhof, which had previously been enclaved in southern Strasbourg. The two lines share a common track for 600m between Landsberg and Jean Jaures stations. The extensions also created a new north-south route serving the eastern part of the city. Meanwhile, line E brought about a major change in the network, since it was the first branch line. Sharing track with the other lines between Wacken and Baggersee, one of its objectives was to reduce transfer traffic at Homme de Fer, a station not served by the line.<ref name="Strasbourg inaugure son nouveau réseau de tramway">Template:Cite news</ref>

Line E was extended by 2.5 km from Wacken to a new terminus, Robertsau Boecklin, on 23 November 2007, thus servicing buildings in the European district, such as the European Parliament.

Fourth phase (2008)

Line B was extended in two phases in 2008. The first extension, shifting the southern terminus from Elsau to Ostwald Hotel de Ville, was completed on January 30, 2008. The second phase was completed on May 22, 2008, further extending this part of the line to Lingolsheim Tiergaertel. The total length of these two extensions is 4.9 km, and the entire 2007-2008 extension project was completed at a cost of €397.5m.<ref name="Strasbourg Light Rail, France">Template:Cite web</ref>

These extensions transformed a cross-shaped network, centred on Homme de Fer, into a lattice shape, with two lines running in tandem along key routes in the city centre. This enabled more transfers and more direct links between stations, along with greater frequency in the city centre.<ref name="DESSERTES PÉRIURBAINES DES GRANDES AGGLOMÉRATIONS"/><ref name="Envied the World Over, Strasbourg’s Tram Expands Again">Template:Cite web</ref> This scheme is unique in France, but similar to systems in Switzerland and Germany.<ref name="Strasbourg, une longueur d'avance sur les transports durables">Template:Cite web</ref>

On considerable sections of track, the current network retraces the old network: Porte de l’hopital - Campus d’Illkirch (line A); Etoile Polygone - Aristide Briand (line D); Graviere - Neuhof Rudolphe Reuss (line C); Montagne Verte - Homme de Fer - Gallia (line F); place de Bordeaux - Wacken and Droits de l’Homme - Robertsau Boecklin (line E); Gare centrale - Pont de Saverne (line C) and Pont de Saverne - Homme de Fer (line A) - around 14.4 km in total. The Homme de Fer station did not exist on the old network: there was a station nearby in the Rue de la Haute Montée, currently crossed by lines B, C and F, while the Place Kléber was the main hub. Place de la République and place du Polygone were important nodes in the old network. Trams crossed the city centre from north to south via the Rue des Grandes Arcades and the Rue du Vieux Marché aux Poissons: otherwise, the current line A is a reconstitution of the old line 6/16, taken out of service on January 1, 1960.

First tram-train phase (2010)

Two new sections were finished in 2010: Gare Centrale - Homme de Fer via Faubourg de Saverne, and Observatoire - Place d’Islande. The latter was built in anticipation of the tram-train line, which entered service on the November 27, 2010. Line C abandoned the Homme de Fer-Elsau section, taking the Homme de Fer - Faubourg de Saverne - Gare Centrale route instead. Just the next day, a citizen’s initiative prompted Line F’s introduction, serving the Elsau-Place d’Islande route, which included the Homme de Fer - Elsau section that line C had abandoned.<ref name="Une révolution sur le réseau tram">Template:Cite news</ref>

Further extensions (2013)

In 2013, both line A and line D were extended in the northwest. New tracks were built for both lines on Template:Convert for each. Line D saw the opening of three new stations (Paul Éluard, Marcel Rudloff and Poteries) and line A, of two new stations (Le Galet and Parc des Sports). The name of Hautepierre Maillon station on line A was changed to Cervantès.

Current network

As of November 30, 2013, the current network has 6 lines<ref name="network-map" /> and a total length of Template:Convert.<ref name="home">Template:Cite web</ref> However, due to the fact that many lines overlap with each other, the length of physical track is only Template:Convert.Template:Citation needed The system's hub is Homme de Fer, a station in the city centre where 5 of the 6 lines intersect. In the pedestrianized city centre, the tram shares space with pedestrians and bicycles. In the suburbs, the tram shares the road with automobiles, but trams are not subjected to the rules of the road, in common with other French tramways. Instead, the tram uses its own dedicated signalling system, benefitting from priority over other traffic at all junctions.<ref name="wansbeek" /><ref name="Trams making way for light rail transit">Template:Cite journal</ref>

The six lines are:

  • Line A: Parc des Sports in the northeast to Illkirch Lixenbuhl in the south (13.5 km).
  • Line B: Hoenheim Gare in the north to Lingolsheim in the southwest (14.7 km).
  • Line C: Gare centrale to Neuhof in the south-east (8.1 km).
  • Line D: Poteries in the northwest to Aristide Briand in the east (8.7 km).
  • Line E Robertsau Boecklin in the north and Baggersee in the south (10.6 km).
  • Line F Elsau in the south to Place d'Islande in the East (5.62 km).
A Hautepierre-Maillon - Dante - Hôpital de Hautepierre - Ducs d'Alsace - Saint-Florent - Rotonde - Gare Centrale (souterrain) - Ancienne Synagogue Les Halles - Homme de Fer - Langstross Grand Rue - Porte de l'Hôpital - Etoile Bourse - Etoile Polygone - Schluthfeld - Krimmeri Stade de la Meinau - Émile Mathis - Hohwart - Baggersee - Colonne - Leclerc - Campus d'Illkirch - Illkirch Lixenbuhl
B Lingolsheim Tiergaertel - Alouettes - Borie - Ostwald Hôtel de Ville - Wihrel - Elmerforst - Martin Schongauer - Elsau - Montagne Verte - Laiterie - Musée d'Art Moderne - Faubourg National - Alt Winmärik (Vieux Marché aux Vins) - Homme de Fer - Place Broglie - République - Parc du Contade - Lycée Kléber - Wacken - Rives de l'Aar - Futura Glacière - Le Marais - Pont Phario - Lycée Marc Bloch - Le Ried - Général de Gaulle - Hoenheim Gare
C Gare Centrale - Faubourg de Saverne - Homme de Fer - Place Broglie - République - Gallia - Universités - Observatoire - Esplanade - Winston Churchill - Landsberg - Jean Jaurès - Lycée Jean Monnet - Gravière - Kibitzenau - Saint Christophe - Rodolphe Reuss
D Rotonde - Gare Centrale (souterrain) - Ancienne Synagogue Les Halles - Homme de Fer - Langstross Grand Rue - Porte de l'Hôpital - Etoile Bourse - Etoile Polygone - Landsberg - Jean Jaurès - Aristide Briand
E Baggersee - Hohwart - Lycée Couffignal - Krimmeri Meinau - Schluthfeld - Etoile Polygone - Landsberg - Windston Churchill - Esplanade - Observatoire - Université - Gallia - République - Parc du Contades - Lycée Kléber - Wacken - Parlement Européen - Droits de L'Homme - Robertsau Boecklin
F Elsau - Montagne Verte - Laiterie - Musée d'Art Moderne - Faubourg National - Alt Winmärik (Vieux Marché aux Vins) - Homme de Fer - Place Broglie - République - Gallia - Universités - Observatoire - Place d'Islande

Some stations connect to the bus network, run by the CTS.


The volume of service is identical on all lines. Service first starts at the terminuses closest to the depot, between 0404 and 0434, picking up at the other end of the line between 0436 and 0457. In this way, stations closest to the depots (Rotonde for lines A and D, Elsau for lines B and F, Martin Schongauer for line B headed to Ostwald, Kibitzenau for line C and Landsberg for line E). On Sundays and public holidays, service starts an hour later than usual. Service ends at the same time every day; the last departures from terminuses take place between 0002 and 0015 (except for line C, where the last tram leaves Gare Centrale at 0035). After this, trams are stored empty in the depots; there is no reduced night-time service.

The service is equally frequent across all lines except line F, which has much lower frequency. All lines have an enhanced service period, from around 0600 to 2000. During this period, tram frequencies on lines A, B, C, D and E are one every 6 minutes on Mondays - Fridays, one every 7 minutes on Saturdays and every 12–15 minutes on Sundays. On line F, tram frequency is one every 10 minutes Monday - Friday, one every 13.5 minutes on Saturdays and one every 20 minutes on Sundays and public holidays.

Outside the enhanced service period, trams follow published timetables on all lines except line A. Depending on the time of day, tram frequency is one every 10–15 minutes on lines B, C, D and E. On line A, it is possible that trams run only every 20 minutes in the early mornings and late evenings, while the frequency on line F is only one every 20–30 minutes at these times. This is not problematic for users, since its purpose is to reinforce service on other lines (aside the final 600m, Observatoire - Place d’Islande).

Stations served by two different lines will have a tram stop every 3 minutes on weekdays, according to the schedules described above. On Saturdays, this gap grows to 3.5 minutes, while frequency averages one tram every 6 - 7.5 minutes on Sundays and public holidays. There are some exceptions: Elsau - Homme de Fer is served less often, since only lines B and F travel this route. On the other hand, the two sections served by three lines (Homme de Fer - République and République-Observatoire) are travelled by 26 trams every hour in each direction, Monday to Friday. The network as a whole boasts one of the highest transit frequencies of all French urban areas with over 250 000 inhabitants.<ref name=certu_frequency>Template:Cite web</ref>

What is unique about the Strasbourg service is the fact that service at morning and evening rush hours is not more frequent than other services throughout the day. This is particularly noticeable in the early mornings, where service is reduced in most large cities; this is not the case in Strasbourg. The trams have no separate evening timetable, while bus schedules are modified only slightly. Both modes of transport have their timetables co-ordinated as to ensure transfers are always possible, even in the late evenings.

From the beginning of July to the end of August, the CTS uses a summer timetable, with slightly lower tram frequencies. Details of this are however not published, only arrival and departure times at major stations. Journey times are not identical across all services, varying by up to 3–4 minutes on line A, regardless of the time of day. Overall, the trams recorded an average service speed of 19 km/h in 2010.<ref name="L’année 2010 des transports urbains">Template:Cite web</ref>

Passenger Information Systems

Every station has displays providing real-time passenger information: the destination of the next tram due at the station and its estimated time of arrival. Each station is linked to a central command post, and there is a PA system in the case of major disruptions.

The trams themselves are also equipped with passenger information systems. Displays show a map of the line the tram is serving, indicating the final destination and the next station. Between stations, a public address system announces the next stop, accompanied by a musical jingle unique to each station, composed by the singer-songwriter Rodolphe Burger.<ref name="Rencontre entre Gilles Tiberghien et Rodolphe Burger">Template:Cite journal</ref>

Rolling stock

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Bombardier Eurotram

Template:Main When the new network was first built in 1994, new rolling stock was designed. The city wanted fully low-floor trams with a novel design. A partnership called Eurotram was formed between CTS and Socimi, an Italian company. Stringent standards were set on ergonomics and aesthetics: the city insisted on a fully low-floor design, with wide doors and electric wheelchair ramps in order to facilitate access and cater for the elderly and the disabled. Air conditioning was installed, despite advice from the manufacturers that it was unnecessary. The curved front windscreen covers the entire front of the tram, giving it a futuristic appearance. Similarly, large windows were included on the sides of the tram, with the aim of giving passengers the impression of travelling on a ‘moving pavement’. Eurotram also had a modular construction, with the head units being connected to passenger units, linked to each other by power units resting on their own axles. Another notable feature is that there is no separation between passenger cars; the inside of the tram is one continuous space.<ref name="wansbeek" />

Twenty-six Eurotrams, built by Socimi, were delivered for service on line A between 1994 and 1995. These trams are 33.1m long, have 8 axles and a maximum capacity of 210 passengers. Each tram consists of 3 passenger cars and twelve motors, developing a total of 336 kW. The CTS placed a second order, this time for twenty-seven units, which were delivered between 1998 and 2000. The order included ten 8-axle trams and seventeen 10-axle trams. These ten-axle trams, nicknamed ‘jumbos’, are 43.05 m long, weigh 51 t and can carry up to 270 passengers in their 4 passenger cars. Total power is 424 kW, produced by sixteen motors.<ref name="Strasbourg Light Rail, France"/><ref name="Fiche Technique Eurotram">Template:Cite web</ref>

After Socimi declared bankruptcy, the trams were constructed by another partner in the consortium, ABB, at its sites in York and Derby. After various mergers and acquisitions, Eurotram became a Bombardier product.

Although the Eurotram’s design has generally been applauded for its user-friendliness, it has also received some criticism. For instance, the doors have been criticised for being too slow to open/close (they are single doors), lengthening the time spent in stations. Additionally, the large window over and around the driver’s cabin can result in the cabin becoming too hot, a problem that was remedied with sun blinds.<ref name="wansbeek" />

Alstom Citadis

Template:Main New rolling stock was required to operate on the 2005 extensions, so the city launched a call for bids in 2003 for new tram units. On July 15, 2003, Alstom was announced as the winner with its Citadis tram. Forty-one Citadis 403 trams were delivered from 2005 onwards. These units are 43.05 m long, carry 288 passengers and have ten axles. They weigh 53.2 t and are powered by three motor units, delivering a total of 720 kW.<ref name="Tramway CITADIS de Strasbourg">Template:Cite web</ref>

At CTS’s request, the trams were restyled to look like the Eurotrams.<ref name="Strasbourg Light Rail, France"/> The axle distribution is different on the Citadis, and the Citadis has an additional bogie under the driver’s cab. One of the Citadis’ advantages over the Eurotram is the inclusion of double doors which allow faster opening and closure, minimising time spent in stations.<ref name="Strasbourg, un véritable réseau">Template:Cite journal</ref>


Given the network’s size and daily usage, maintenance is practically constant. Two ‘Aspirail’ trucks run the route daily, sucking up any debris that may be clogging the tracks.<ref name="Strasbourg: Services de réparation, d'entretien et services connexes liés au transport ferroviaire et à d'autres équipements">Template:Cite web</ref> In case of an accident, the CTS has a fleet of road-rail vehicles available, including tractors, a Unimog and cherry pickers.<ref name="Cmar. Au petits soins des centres-villes">Template:Cite web</ref>

In periods where ridership is lower (mainly summer), more major works are regularly carried out. CTS teams and contractors renew the tracks, points, signals and stations. The most major works bring about temporary suspension of the relevant tram service and buses are made available as replacements. This happened in April 2011, when the points at Rotonde were replaced.<ref name="Trams A et D en partie neutralisés">Template:Cite news</ref> Template:-

Future extensions

  • Lines A-D : To Koenigshoffen and Oberhausbergen (northwest), planned for 2014.
  • Line D : To Kehl in Germany (east), planned for 2015.
  • Line A : Into Illkirch-Graffenstaden (south), planned for 2015.
  • Line E : 1 kilometer into Robertsau, planned for 2015.
  • Line C : It will be extended to Gresswiller and Barr on train tracks. Not date, beyond 2018.


The CTS has several different tickets available to satisfy different needs, but general conditions of use are very simple. There is no division of the network into pricing zones; instead, a single fare is offered, costing 1.60€, allowing the holder to travel from any station to another, including transfers, regardless of distance (a system similar to that used on the New York City Subway). Tickets are not valid after the journey; they are stamped at the station just before entering the tram (on bus services, tickets are stamped inside the bus). They are sold individually and in packs of ten and thirty, at a discount of 15% and 19% respectively. A ticket is sold for 3.90€ (or 30.90€ for the pack of ten) which works like regular system, but also allows travel on the TER train to Strasbourg Airport. There are also return tickets, which are 10% cheaper than the price of two singles. The ‘24h individuel Alsa’ ticket allows one person to make an unlimited number of journeys in a period of 24 hours at a cost of 4€ while the ‘24h Trio’ ticket provides the same service to three people, at a price of €5.70. These last two tickets are also valid on TER trains travelling in the Urban Community of Strasbourg and include the nearby town of Kehl. Tram tickets are sold at numerous points in the city, such as newsagents, post offices, tobacconists etc.<ref name="Tickets-Tarifs 2012">Template:Cite web</ref>

Monthly and yearly passes also exist, with the yearly pass costing the same as ten monthly ones. As of February 2012, the price of an annual pass for an adult (age 26–64 years) is €456; persons aged under 25 pay a price of €228, and pensioners (65 years old and over) pay €205.20.<ref name="Abonnements Mensuels">Template:Cite web</ref><ref name="Abonnements Annuels">Template:Cite web</ref> Since 2010 the CTS has offered so-called Tarification Solidaire, i.e. reduced-price monthly and yearly passes to those in low income brackets. This reduction is calculated based on the quotient familial of the subscriber. The quotient familial (page in French) is a mesure used by the French administration and is roughly equal to 1/12th of a household's annual income divided by the number of fiscal members in the household for tax purposes.<ref name="Calcul de quotient familial">Template:Cite web</ref> For subscribers with a quotient familial of less than €750 reductions are calculated on a scale from 50% reduction to 90% reduction in price of the monthly pass.<ref name="Tarification solidaire">Template:Cite web</ref>

The Badgéo smart card, costing 4€, allows the user to purchase any ticket or subscription from tram stations, Crédit Mutuel branches and some other approved vendors. The card is then used like a ticket, allowing the user to travel according to the ticket or subscription that has been purchased. Monthly and yearly passes can only be bought in Badgéo form, as the paper forms of these passes have been discontinued.<ref name="Carte a puce BADGEO">Template:Cite web</ref>

Strasbourg tram tickets are more expensive than the average of other French cities whose population exceeds 450 000 (excluding Paris), when bought in a pack of ten, although they are not the most expensive. On the other hand, the price of a monthly subscription is in line with the average for large French cities.<ref name="L’année 2010 des transports urbains"/>


Up to the year 2000, 477 million euro had been spent building the network, and 304 million euro were earmarked in 2002 for the construction of the third phase of extensions; around 23.5 million per kilometre of track. This value is relatively high when compared to the cost of similar tracks in Germany, where 15 million euro are spent per kilometre of track in the city centre, and 10 million in suburban areas. The difference is due to the significant urban renewal projects undertaken in Strasbourg as part of the tramway’s construction.

The rolling stock cost 216.3 million euro: 118 million for the Eurotram units and 98.3 million for the Citadis trams. Investment in the Strasbourg tramway is mainly financed with the versement transport (VT), a tax levied in Strasbourg at 2% of payrolls, the highest rate allowed.<ref name="L’année 2010 des transports urbains"/>

In the nine French urban areas with more than 450 000 inhabitants (excluding Paris), income from ticket sales covers on average 24% of costs, while the VT contributes 44%. Local authorities cover a further 31% of costs, while the remaining 1% is a direct state subsidy. In smaller cities, ticket sales make up an even smaller proportion of total funding.

The mean cost per passenger transported in these nine urban areas is 1.3€, but varies between 0.8 euro and 2 euro.<ref name="L’année 2010 des transports urbains"/> This value of 1.3 euro corresponds to the price of a pack of ten tickets (12.7€). For comparison, the CTS reported mean profits of 0.5€ per journey in 2009.<ref name="Rapport d'Activités 2009">Template:Cite web</ref>

The overall financing of the CTS, and thus the current operation of the tramway is heavily subsidized by local authorities. In 2009, the CTS reported income of 194,194,702€ and costs of 192,014,173€, generating a profit of 2,180,528€. The total amount of subsidies paid in 2009 by the Urban Community of Strasbourg and the Bas-Rhin Département was 120,720,000€.

See also

  • Trams in France
  • List of town tramway systems in France



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