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Since 1/2010, LIGNES D'AZUR is the name of the transport network which combines the old Ligne d'Azur of the Urban Community Nice Côte d'Azur and Transport Alpes-Maritimes of the General Council of the Alpes-Maritimes district.
The "Sunbus" (older network) was renamed Ligne d'Azur in January 1st, 2005 during the unification of the transport networks of the Urban community Nice Côte d'Azur then Community of Town. Since this change, this one was reshaped, of new created lines and painting has changed to times.

The transport network of Nice Côte d'Azur and the district of the Alpes-Maritimes is exploited, for the greater part, by the company ST2N which is a subsidiary of the group Transport Veolia.
It is the company asked to manage the services of transport for the Urban community Nice Côte d'Azur within the framework of the contract of delegation of public utility.
The ST2N company thus assures the operating of a big part of lines and the marketing of the tickets by applying capacities defined by the Urban community and the General Council.
ST2N proceeds to the various studies of development of the network and the price lists which have to be in agreement with the policy of transport.

Not being able effector all the services itself (about 175 lines or services), the ST2N delegates to several chartered companies certain lines (urban netork: Rapides Côte d'Azur of Véolia, Société Automobile de Provence of Kéolis, Société des Autocars Martin of the group Hervouet, Transports Régionaux des Alpes Maritimes of the group Péglion, and to the independent companies TANP, Bréma and Abéllo and more for the suburban network).

Although the networks of the General Council of the Alpes-Maritimes and the urban community merged, the pricing is always in standardization and there are still this day (in October, 2010) two different tariff ranges: one for the local area of Nice Côte d'Azur and one for the interurban network of the General Council autority but the both, the one-way ticket costs 1€.

A card of unique transport is in project for several years. The preliminary tests in its implementation were launched on March 15th, 2010.

Lignes d'Azur bus lines:

- Urban & suburban network (Nice Côte d'Azur autority):
1 railway line
74 regular bus lines
2 bus lines "special airport"
1 special bus line for concert
5 night bus lines
8 bus lines on demand
21 school bus lines
7 "soccer bus lines"
3 special bus lines for the Administrative Center
and many "ad hoc lines" during meetings

- District of Alpes-Maritimes bus lines:
49 regular bus lines
3 bus lines "special airport"
3 bus lines for ski stations (on season)
3 night bus lines
9 bus lines on demand
and many unofficial school bus lines

Lignes d'Azur vehicules (about 750 distributed between the various operators):

- Alstom Citadis 302
- Irisbus Renault Agora L GNV
- Irisbus Citelis 18
- Renault R312
- Renault FR1
- Renault & Irisbus Renault Agora S
- Renault & Irisbus Renault Iliade
- Renault Master Durisotti
- Renault Master Cytios 20
- Renault Master Noventis 420
- Irisbus Crossway
- Irisbus Axer
- Irisbus Crossway LE
- Irisbus Récréo
- Irisbus Citelis 12
- Irisbus Triano
- Iveco Daily
- Heuliez GX217 GNV
- Heuliez GX317
- Heuliez GX327
- Heuliez GX77.H
- Heuliez GX117.C
- Heuliez GX117.L
- Heuliez GX127.C
- Heuliez GX127.L
- Mercedes Citaro
- Mercedes Intouro
- Mercedes Integro
- Mercedes Vario Cytios 50
- Mercedes Sprinter Cytios 30
- Mercedes Sprinter Cytios 3/23
- Mercedes Sprinter City R19
- Mercedes Sprinter Koch
- Setra S319.UL
- Setra S315.UL
- Setra S315.NF
- Setra S415.NF
- MAN SÜ313
- MAN Lion's City A21
- Neoplan Centrolier N4416
- Neoplan N312u
- Neoplan N316u
- VanHool A508
- VanHool New A308
- Volkswagen Crafter
- Rampini Alé U-10
- Peugeot Boxer
- Bova
- Gruau Microbus

Before 2018, a second tramway line will connect downtown to airport and a 3th airport to Var Valley. The railway will take ways at present reserved for buses on East/West axis.

Future urban railway with actual T1 line plan


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Setra S415.NF from RLM operator, departemental line 100, Monaco bus stop (General Council Autority logo and white bottom)


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MAN Lion's City from RLM operator, departemental line 100
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Irisbus Citelis 18 from ST2N operator, urban line 16 (NCA logo and orange bottom)
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Mercedes Citaro from SAP operator, urban line 94


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Irisbus Crossway from VTAM operator, departemental line 905


Alstom Citadis 302 from ST2N operator, urban line T1


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Heuliez GX117.C from RCA operator, urban line 81 (with old markings)


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From Railway Gazette:

http://www.railwaygazette.com/news/single-view/view/contract-awarded-for-nice-line-2.html

Contract awarded for Nice tram Line 2



18 Nov 2013

FRANCE: Greater Nice authority has awarded the Thaumasia consortium a €270m contract to build the 3⋅2 km underground section of Line 2 of the city’s tram network.

Thaumasia is led by Bouygues Travaux Publics and includes Solétanche Bachy, CSM Bessac and Systra, as well as local companies Colas Midi Méditerranée, SNAF Routes and Garelli.

The underground section under the city centre has four stations, including an interchange with Line 1 at Jean Médecin. Work is due to begin during the second half of 2014 for opening at the end of 2017.

Line 2 will run for 11⋅3 km from the port in the east to Nice Côte d’Azur Airport and Nikaïa in the west, serving a total of 20 stops. It is expected to carry 140 000 passengers/day. The total cost of the project is €770⋅7m, of which the central government is providing €52⋅8m.
Map of new line along with existing tram can be found here
 

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From Rail Journal:

http://www.railjournal.com/index.php/light-rail/more-alstom-citadis-lrvs-for-nice.html?channel=526

Nice orders Alstom LRVs for Line T2
Monday, October 12, 2015



NICE Côte dAzur Metropolitan Council has awarded Alstom a €91m contract to supply 19 Citadis X05 low-floor LRVs for the city's second light rail line

The 44m-long vehicles will accommodate up to 300 passengers and will be equipped with Alstom's SRS static ground-based charging system, which is capable of delivering 1.1MW of charge, or 1500 amps at 750V dc to an onboard bank of capacitors in a 20-second charging cycle.

The vehicles will be designed and assembled at Alstom's La Rochelle plant and deliveries will begin in mid-2017 with entry into service scheduled for 2018. the contract includes options for up to 18 additional vehicles

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From Rail Journal:

http://www.railjournal.com/index.ph...views-alstom-lrv-for-line-t2.html?channel=526

Nice previews Alstom LRV for Line T2
Monday, October 03, 2016





A full-size mock up of the Alstom Citadis X05 LRV for the second tram line in Nice went on public display in Place Garibaldi on October 1

The final design of the vehicle, which was styled by Nice-based designer Ora Ïto, was selected following a poll of nearly 15,000 local residents, with 44% choosing the so-called “modèle ocre” look

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En septembre, le tunnelier a ouvert ses portes au public à l'occasion de la semaine européenne de la mobilité. Selon Christian Estrosi, le tunnelier est proche de la station Jean Médecin et devrait atteindre la station Grosso d'ici le mois de mars.



Une vidéo sur les travaux réalisés en février au puits Ségurane et quai Cassini a été postée récemment.



La vidéo de mars parle des travaux dans les secteurs puits Ségurane, Jean Médecin, Alsace-Lorraine et Port.



En avril : secteurs Grosso, Durandy, Alsace Lorraine, Garibaldi, Port et Puis Ségurane.



En mai : secteurs Durandy, Grosso et Alsace-Lorraine


En juin, street art sur les palissades autour des travaux.




En juillet et août, les installations de chantier ont été démontés sur la place Garibaldi, des forages ont été faits à l'emplacement du puits Grosso et des travaux de pré-terrassement ont été faits du côté de la place Durandy.




Plus récemment, la maquette du tramway de la ligne 2 a été présentée au public.

 

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From Rail Journal:

http://www.railjournal.com/index.ph...ail-electrification-contract.html?channel=526

Nice awards light rail electrification contract
Wednesday, December 28, 2016



ALSTOM and Colas Rail have secured a contract to provide power supply equipment for Nice light rail Line T2, which is due to open in 2018

The contract encompasses studies, supply, assembly and testing of power supply equipment for low and high voltage traction. Specifically, the order includes the delivery of seven electrical substations, 10 lighting substations, and two intake power stations. There is also an option for two additional substations

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From Rail Journal

http://www.railjournal.com/index.ph...ne-t3-construction-this-year.html?channel=526

Nice to launch Line T3 construction this year
Tuesday, January 31, 2017



THE mayor Nice Mr Christian Estrosi announced on January 30 that the French city will bring forward the start of construction on its third light rail line to this year with the aim of completing the project in 2020

Serving the western side of the city, Line T3 will share a 3.3km section of Line T2 between Airport Terminal 2 and Digue de Français, where it will diverge onto a new 3.7km branch to reach the Allianz Riviera stadium and Saint Isidore

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From Rail Journal

http://www.railjournal.com/index.ph...e-catenary-free-citadis-lrvs.html?channel=526

Nice orders more catenary-free Citadis LRVs
December 15, 2017



NICE Côte d’Azur Metropole has exercised a €27m option with Alstom for six additional Citadis X05 low-floor LRVs and 22 ground-based Static Charging Zones (SRS) for tram Line T3

Line T3 will share a 3.3km section of Line T2 between Airport Terminal 2 and Digue de Français, where it will diverge onto a new 3.7km branch to reach the Allianz Riviera stadium and Saint Isidore

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History of Tramways in and around Nice

The urban transport network in Nice in the early part of the 20th Century was heavily dependent on Trams. There were two different networks in the area. Tramways des Alpes Maritime (TAM) was responsible for many of the tramway networks in the hinterland behind Nice. The other network focussed on the city of Nice and the coast (Tramways de Nice et du Littoral (TNL)). I plan to provide some posts about these networks on this thread which I hope will be of interest.

In our many trips to Nice and Les Alpes Maritimes, my wife and I have seen a significant amount of engineering works, bridges, viaducts and tunnels all on lines which were neither part of the PLM network of standard gauge railways, nor part of the general metre-gauge network. These related to the two companies above.

These tramways ran on metre-gauge tracks but had a loading gauge not much wider than the track-gauge. In many places they ran alongside roads or within the highway itself, but also often deviated away from the highway on their own formation.

The one which first drew our attention was the Sospel to Menton Tramway which was operated by the TNL. This is the story:

https://rogerfarnworth.wordpress.co...amway-revisited-chemins-de-fer-de-provence-51
 
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