RATP Group

For other uses, see RATP.
RATP Group
State-owned company
Industry Public transport
Founded 1948 (1948)
Headquarters 54 Quai de la Rapée
75012 Paris
, France
Area served
Worldwide, with significant Île-de-France involvement
Key people
Élisabeth Borne (CEO)
Parent Government of France
Subsidiaries RATP Dev
Website http://www.ratp.fr

The RATP Group (French: Groupe RATP), also known as the Régie Autonome des Transports Parisiens (English: Autonomous Operator of Parisian Transports) is a state-owned public transport operator headquartered in Paris, France. Formed in 1948, the group has its origins as the public transport operator for the city of Paris. Its logo represents, in a stylized version, the Seine's meandering through the area around Paris as the face of a person looking up.

Today RATP is still responsible for most of the public transport in Paris and its surrounding Île-de-France region, including the Paris Métro, tram and bus services and part of the Réseau Express Régional (RER) network. In the Île-de-France region, RATP carries about 3 billion passengers per year.[1]

Whilst the RATP's Paris operations are still a major part of the business, its operations have now extended to include businesses around the globe. These include involvement in the operation of bus, tram, rapid transit and inter-city rail services, located in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas.


RATP headquarters

The RATP was created on 21 March 1948 by combining the assets of the Compagnie du chemin de fer métropolitain de Paris (CMP), which operated the Paris Métro, and the Société des transports en commun de la région parisienne (STCRP), which operated the city's bus system.

Earlier, the CMP had absorbed the Société du Chemin de Fer Électrique Nord-Sud de Paris in 1930 and the Ligne de Sceaux in 1937, which extended commuter rail to the suburbs. The STCRP had been created on 1 January 1921 by the merger of about half a dozen independent bus and streetcar operators in the Paris area. By the time the STCRP was merged into the RATP, all of its streetcars had been replaced by bus routes.

In the early years of the 21st century, a partnership with the Transdev group resulted in RATP acquiring a minority shareholding in that group, with its many worldwide transport operations. However, in 2009, the Caisse des dépôts et consignations, the majority owner of the Transdev group, started negotiations with Veolia Environnement to merge Transdev with Veolia Transport. As part of the resulting agreement, made in May 2010, it was agreed that the RATP Group would take over ownership of some of Transdev's operations in lieu of cash payment for its holdings in Transdev. This had a considerable impact on RATP's international profile.[2][3][4]

On 1 August 2011 the RATP Group purchased Stagecoach Metrolink's contract to operate the Metrolink light rail system in Greater Manchester, England until July 2017.[5] Two years later, in 2013 RATP purchased the nearby long-established coach company, Selwyns Travel, a National Express operator.

Operations in Paris

Paris Métro station at Charles de Gaulle - Étoile
RATP tram on tramway line 3 at Porte de Versailles
RATP bus at the Gare du Nord

In Paris, RATP operates, under its own name, on behalf of the Syndicat des transports d'Île-de-France (STIF), the Paris region transit authority. RATP's services constitute, in their own right, a multi-mode public transportation infrastructure, but also contribute to a larger multi-mode system extending out into the surrounding Île-de-France communities.

RATP's services include:

Ligne 341 is the first line of 100% electric full-size buses.[7]

In addition to these directly operated services, wholly or partially owned subsidiary companies of the RATP also operate in the Paris region. Most of these provide local and regional bus services in Île-de-France communities outside Paris, but they also include the Orlyval automated airport people mover system, the FlexCité paratransit operator, and the Opentour tourist bus operator. These companies are owned through RATP's RATP Dev subsidiary, covered further below.[8]

Operations outside Paris

Manchester Metrolink M5000 light rail vehicle in Greater Manchester in August 2011
A Gautrain unit in South Africa
A Hong Kong tram

RATP Group's subsidiary, RATP Dev (Dev being a contraction of Développement[9]), operates RATP Group services outside Paris although it also operates some specialised services within Paris. Wholly and partly owned operations include the following:[8][10]

Operations in France

International operations


  1. "Le trafic de la RATP reprend des couleurs". Mobilicites. 2011. Retrieved 2011-04-19.
  2. "Merger of Veolia Transport and Transdev". Veolia Transport. Retrieved 2010-05-05.
  3. "Completion of the merger of Veolia Transport and Transdev". Transdev. Retrieved 2011-04-13.
  4. "The new scale of the RATP Group". RATP. 2011. Retrieved 2011-03-04.
  5. 1 2 "RATP buys Manchester Metrolink operator". Railway Gazette International. 2 August 2011.
  6. "Statistiques Syndicat des transports d'Île-de-France" [Transit figures in Ile-de-France] (PDF) (in French). Syndicat des transports d'Île-de-France. 2005. p. 6. Retrieved 2011-04-23.; states 297 stations + Olympiades + Les Agnettes + Les Courtilles
  7. La RATP inaugure sa première ligne de bus standard 100% électrique Template:Frr
  8. 1 2 "Our Subsidiaries". RATP Group. Retrieved 2011-04-17.
  9. "Company Overview of RATP Développement S.A.". Bloomberg Businessweek. Retrieved 29 June 2014.
  10. "The new scale of the RATP Group" (PDF). RATP Group. Retrieved 2011-04-17.
  11. 1 2 French moves in London Bus & Coach Professional 6 May 2010
  12. RATP buys Epsom Coaches Bus & Coach Professional 20 April 2012
  13. French giants buys Selwyns Travel Bus & Coach Professional 18 March 2013
  14. "RATP Dev acquires leading London sightseeing operator". RATP Group. Retrieved 14 September 2014.
  15. 1 2 "Hong Kong tram celebrates 110 years". Retrieved 2 August 2014.
  16. "VTRA About Us". Retrieved 25 May 2014.
  17. "Veolia Transport pursues expansion in Asia with signature of first contract in China". Retrieved 25 May 2014.
  18. "Shenyang Tramway Network operated by RATP Dev and Transdev enters service". Retrieved 25 May 2014.
  19. "Transdev and RATP Dev win contract to operate tramway network in Shenyang, China". Retrieved 2 August 2014.
  20. RATP Dev starts Open Tour with 15 buses in NYC Metro Magazine 15 May 2014
  • Gaillard, Marc (1991). Du Madeleine-Bastille à Météor: histoire des transports Parisiens (in French). Amiens: Martelle. ISBN 978-2-87890-013-2. OCLC 25657685. 
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