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The Tunis Metro (Tunis light metro, also Tunis light rail, Tunisian Arabic: المترو الخفيف لمدينة تونس‎‎, el-metrū el-khfīf li-mdīnat tūnis) is an expanding public transportation network for the Tunis metropolitan area that was started in 1985. It represents not a typical subterranean heavy rail service, but a light rail system.
Tunis Light Metro
المترو الخفيف لمدينة تونس
LocaleTunis, Tunisia
Transit typeLight rail
Number of lines6
Number of stations80 (2021)
Began operation1985
Operator(s)Société des transports de Tunis
Number of vehicles173 (134 Siemens and 39 Alstom Citadis)
System length45.2 km (28.1 mi)
Track gauge1,435 mm (4 ft 812 in) standard gauge
ElectrificationOverhead lines, 750 VDC
System map with commuter rail connections
Metro leger's light rail system has its track at surface level generally with its own rail bed, but at key intersections, the system goes underground to avoid congestion or has the right of way. Together with the TGM commuter rail line it is managed by the parastatal transport authority Société des transports de Tunis (Transtu).
While once a number of African cities had traditional electric tram systems, all but the Alexandria Tram were discontinued. The Metro leger's modern light rail system was originally unique for Africa, but there are now modern trams in Algeria and Morocco, as well.
Tram of Tunis in 1994
Tunis had an older electric tram system that, like in many cities, eventually was dismantled. With the postwar growth of the metropolitan area and the traffic congestion that followed, the need for a commuter transportation system became evident. The city eventually reached the decision to link the suburbs to the city center with a modern network of light rail. The system was delivered as a turnkey operation by a consortium led by Siemens.[1] The Société du métro léger de Tunis (SMLT) was founded in 1981 to manage the operation.
Construction on Line 1 started the same year, and passenger services commenced in 1985. In 1989, Line 2 was placed into operation, with Line 3 and 4 following the next year. Line 5 became operative in 1992, while in the same year Line 3 was extended to its current length. In 1997, the extension of Line 4 was inaugurated, and further construction for an extension to La Manouba was started in 2007. The Société des transports de Tunis took over management in 2003; it was formed by joining the SMLT and the Société nationale de transports (SNT, founded in 1963) that was responsible for the TGM railway. A new Line 6 was planned to link Tunis with El Mourouj and its construction began in 2005. The completion of this new line finished in 2009. New Alstom Citadis trains to supplement the earlier Siemens trains were introduced in 2007.[2]
Tunis Metro
Place de Barcelone – Ben Arous5.5 km111985Siemens
Place de la République – Ariana6.3 km121989Siemens
Tunis Marine – Ibn Khaldoun6.5 km131990Siemens
Place de Barcelone – Kheireddine10 km201990Siemens
Place de Barcelone – Intilaka7.1 km141992Alstom Citadis
Tunis Marine – El Mourouj 46.8 km182008Alstom Citadis
See also: List of Tunis Metro stations
Line 1
Place de Barcelone
Bab Alioua
Mohamed Ali
El Kabaria
Ibn Sina
El Ouardia
Cité Ennour
Abou El Kacem Echebbi
Ben Arous
Place de Barcelone – Ben Arous
Line 1 is the oldest line and it is the shortest line compared to the 5 other stations. It has 11 stations.
The start of work on line 1, which began in 1981, was completed with the commissioning of the line (towards Ben Arous) in 1985.
The connection between bus lines and line 1 at the station of El Ouardia intervenes a year later, in 1986.
Line 2
Place de la République
Nelson Mandela
Rue de Palestine
Les Jardins
Cité el Khadra
La Jeunesse
Cité sportive
Cité des sciences
Place de la République – Ariana
Line 2 is the oldest line and it is the shortest line after the Line 1. It has 12 stations. Construction on Line 2 started the same year, and passenger services commenced in 1989.
Line 3
Tunis Marine
Place de Barcelone
Place de la République
Bab el Khadhra
Bab Laassal
Bab Saadoun
Meftah Sâadallah
14-Janvier 2011
Les Jasmins
Ibn Khaldoun
Tunis Marine – Ibn Khaldoun
Line 3 is composed of 14 stations and passenger services commenced in 1990. In 2017, the Tunis Transport Company announced the removal of the Habib-Thameur station following a fire which destroyed the ticket sales point.[3]
The station of Tunis Marine has also a line of TGM . It's the only station that represents a Metro station and a TGM station both.
Line 4
Place de Barcelone
Place de la République
Bab el Khadhra
Bab Lassal
Bab Saadoun
Den Den
Aboubaker El Razi
Le Pôle technologique
Ksar El Warda
Le Campus
Place de Barcelone – Kheireddine
Line 4 is le largest station compared to the other 5 stations.Is composed of 20 stations and passenger services commenced in 1990. in 1992, other stations were put online
Line 5
Place de Barcelone
Place de la République
Bab el Khadra
Bab Laassal
Bab Saadoun
Meftah Sâadallah
14-Janvier 2011
Les Jasmins
Omrane supérieur
Place de Barcelone – Intilaka
Line 5 is composed of 14 stations since 2017 after a fire which burned the gutters of the Habib-Thameur station.
The line has many important place like the University of El Manar (Campus) also Bab Saadoun where is the rental cars (louages)
Line 6
Tunis Marine
Farhat Hached
Place de Barcelone
Bab Alioua
Cité municipale
El Montazah
El Mourouj 2
El Mourouj 1
El Mourouj 3
El Mourouj 4
Place de Barcelone – Intilaka
Line 6 is composed of 18 stations and is the longest line after the line 3. On November 12, 2008, the new line 6 - 6.8 kilometers long and serving eleven stations between Place de Barcelona and El Mourouj 4 - came into service after work started in 2005 and commissioning on August 11, 2008 by a first section to El Mourouj 2 ans 3.
Like the line 3, line 6 has a TGM line in Tunis Marine station.
Tram vehicles
One of the original vehicles in center of Tunis in 2012.
Audio Recording, 7 April 2015

We hear the arrival of tram unit M236, coupled to another, on Tunis Metro route 4, southbound, at Station 'Place de la République'. The units stand while passengers alight and board, doors hiss closed, and then the trams depart.
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By 2006, 136 articulated passenger trams were in operation. They were built by Siemens, and delivered between 1984 and 1997. These trains were derived from the TW 6000 originally developed for Hanover Stadtbahn. The bi-directional trains are powered via a 750 V dc overhead wire and run on a 1,435 mm (4 ft 812 in) track. The trams have a green livery with white and blue lines. A train consists of two wagons each of which has:
In 2004, an agreement between the French and Tunisian governments led to the order of 30 new Alstom Citadis trams. Each train consists of two trams of 64 metre length to hold 208 people standing and 58 sitting. The first such trains started to operate on September 17, 2007.[4] 16 more trams were ordered from Alstom in July 2010.[5]
See also
  1. ^ Urbanrail.net information page
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ "TRANSTU: removal of the Habib Thameur metro station". Retrieved 8 May 2021.
  4. ^ Hella Lahbib (2007-09-18). "Un tramway nommé plaisir" (in French). La Presse de Tunisie.
  5. ^ "Tunis orders more trams". Railway Gazette International. 22 July 2010. Retrieved 2010-07-23.
External links
Wikimedia Commons has media related to Tunis Metro.
Official site of the Société des transports de Tunis (in French)
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