SYSTRA and ARCADIS Awarded Contract for 3rd Metro Line in Greater Toulouse Region


SYSTRA and ARCADIS have been awarded a systems project management assistance (PMA) contract on the third metro line for the Greater Toulouse region by Tisséo Collectivités and Tisséo Ingénierie.
This is a strategically important project for Toulouse and the wider region.

This new line is approximately 27km long and will transport more than 200,000 people per day in both directions, serving a total of 20 stations. It will connect with metro Lines A and B, two tram lines and several Linéo bus lines. It will also improve the connection between Blagnac airport and Matabiau station. The new line will serve an urban population of 1.3 million inhabitants and three main employment centres in the region.

SYSTRA is leading the consortium, which includes ARCADIS. The contract will involve defining all systems for the line, stations and the maintenance and stabling site. This includes rolling stock, automated and non-automated control systems, centralised control systems and platform screen doors, as well as track, power and maintenance equipment.

Jean-Yves Reynaud, SYSTRA’s Commercial Director for France, said: “Following our project management assistance assignment for three lines on the Grand Paris Express, as well as our role automating Line B of Lyon Metro, SYSTRA is once again at the centre of a major automated metro project in France. This new contract for the Line 3 project in Toulouse confirms SYSTRA’s position as the signature team for automated metro systems.”

Lionel Barin, ARCADIS Development Director, added: “Our continued involvement with Tisséo-Collectivités and Tisséo-Ingénierie in emblematic transport projects for the city of Toulouse and recognition of our expertise are reflected in this latest success. Following our project management for the extension of three ‘short’ stations as part of the capacity doubling for Toulouse Metro Line A, ARCADIS experts, who are very close to our clients, will once again benefit from a flagship infrastructure project for a city and its wider region.”

SYSTRA and Tisséo: partners for more than 30 years
SYSTRA has been working with Toulouse’s transportation authorities since 1985. The company was involved in Line A, the first automated metro line in Toulouse, initially as design engineer then as project manager assistant for the civil engineering phases. From 1991, SYSTRA led the project management for the preliminary design and then, from 1998 to June 2007, for the infrastructure on Line B of the automated metro. Between 2016 and 2017, SYSTRA carried out preliminary designs for the 3rd line, for which the teams received the ‘BIM d’Argent’ award in the ‘Infrastructure Project’ category in 2017. Earlier this year, SYSTRA Group’s subsidiary SYSTRA Foncier won a major land acquisition assistance contract for this project.

ARCADIS, a major player in Toulouse since 1972
Since 1972, ARCADIS has been present in the Greater Toulouse region, providing continuity for its local clients. The company has demonstrated its expertise, developing its specialised metro skills locally, through preliminary designs and working with companies on Lines A and B of Toulouse Metro.

More recently, in 2015 ARCADIS was entrusted with project management for the ‘Linéo 3’ bus rapid transit (BRT) and the extension of three ‘short’ stations to double the capacity of Line A of the Toulouse Metro –projects that are ongoing.

ARCADIS is also working on the 3rd line of Toulouse Metro with Tisséo-Collectivités via a framework agreement that has led it to identify certain technical solutions and/or route alternatives, and with Tisséo-Ingénierie via an environment PMC contract to carry out studies and compile regulatory documentation related to this iconic project.

Metro projects in France

For the Grand Paris Express, SYSTRA is also carrying out a systems PMC assignment for Lines 15, 16 and 17, as well as several project management assignments for the Line 15 project. SYSTRA is also project manager for the extensions of Lines 4, 11, 12 and 14 of the Paris Metro, as well as for the extension of Line B of Lyon Metro.

ARCADIS is also involved in the Grand Paris Express, having won a global project management assistance contract as part of the Artémis partnership (comprising Artelia, Arcadis and BG) for lines 15, 16 and 17, as well as an infrastructure PMC assignment for the whole project and the project management for line 18. ARCADIS is also working as project manager on Rennes Metro.

SYSTRA, Engineering Partner at SafeRail and PTC World Congress 2016

NEW YORK, NY – March 7, 2016 – SYSTRA is a proud sponsor and engineering partner for this year’s SafeRail Conference, incorporating the PTC World Congress. The conference, hosted by the Global Transport Forum (GTF), will be held at the Georgetown University and Conference Center in Washington, DC on March 22nd and 23rd.

Train control experts from SYSTRA’s domestic and international headquarters will be presenting and participating in various conference sessions. SYSTRA will also be exhibiting at booth no. 16, showcasing the company’s rail transit engineering and systems expertise.

Presentations and panels at this year’s conference will discuss topics including issues on Positive Train Control (PTC) interoperability, solving operational safety issues, and advanced signaling systems. SYSTRA’s technical staff will be present at the following conference sessions:

  • Lawrence “Larry” Light, SYSTRA’s Director of PTC Systems:

March 22nd, 12:00 PM – Panel: Issues and solutions for PTC interoperability

  • Philippe Ayrault, SYSTRA’s Reliability, Availability, Maintainability & Safety (RAMS) Expert:

March 22nd, 2:15 PM – Panel: Solving operational safety issues in North America

March 23rd, 2:15 PM – Presentation: ISA: Developing highly skilled teams and reducing risk

March 23rd, 3:15 PM – Panel: Training and certification to maximize your technology investments

  • Philippe Cazaux, SYSTRA’s Senior CBTC Specialist:

March 23rd, 11:15 PM – Panel: Advanced Signaling Systems Masterclass


For the last five years, the PTC World congress has put emphasis on leaders and innovation regarding rail safety and operations. This year, SafeRail will be incorporating the 6th Annual PTC World Congress to provide a holistic showcase for rail safety and security within the rail transit industry.

This year’s SafeRail conference will feature sessions tackling transit cyber-security, cost-efficient system deployment, interoperability and integrated corridor management, and best practice deployment strategies. For more information on the conference and featured speakers and panelists, head over to


A global leader in mass transit and rail infrastructure engineering, SYSTRA has a reputation as an established partner in public transport systems for the past 60 years, and a unique wealth of experience in mass transit and rail projects. The Group employs 5,400 people worldwide, manages 3,000 contracts and operates in 80 countries.

SYSTRA Appoints New Vice President, Construction/Project Management Sector Manager

 GMavleos SYSTRA is pleased to announce that Gene Mavleos, PE has joined SYSTRA as Vice President, CM/PM Sector Manager, based in our New York office. In this capacity, Mr. Mavleos will be in charge of the company’s national construction/program management practice. In this role, he is responsible for hiring, training, and supervising large unionized work crews, and delivering finished projects within strict scheduling and cost constraints.

Mr. Mavleos is a Professional Engineer and has over 30 years of experience in planning, design, and construction of a variety of major transportation capital improvement projects in both public/private partnerships.

He joins SYSTRA from URS Corporation (now AECOM) where he served as Project Manager/Resident Engineer for 10 years. Prior to URS, he held various roles including: Project Manager at Hill International Corp., Construction Manager at Storch Associates, and Sr. Project Manager at New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC).

Mr. Mavleos’ expertise includes design and construction/program management for transit facilities and infrastructure. Gene has a Master’s in Business Administration/Post Graduate Management Course Work, from Baruch College, Bachelor’s of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the Polytechnic Institute of New York University, and a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Geology from the State University of New York, Oneonta.

SYSTRA USA Launches New Website

New York, NY – SYSTRA is pleased to announce the launch of its new website,, promoting the company’s identity, culture, and expertise. Key features of the new site include a cleaner interface, and a more striking design. It also introduces an engaging user experience with improved navigation, and an enhanced search functionality aimed at highlighting SYSTRA’s industry experience for prospective clients, partners and employees.

“After nearly a year of intensive design and development, we are thrilled to provide clients and leading industry talent access to our new website showcasing SYSTRA’s rail and transit industry expertise as well as key multidisciplinary projects throughout the US.” says William Crosbie, P.Eng., SYSTRA USA’s President & CEO.

The redesigned site’s new features now provide:
– Upfront access to SYSTRA’s industry-leading expert services
– An updated project portfolio showcasing SYSTRA’s innovative projects and experience with rail and mass transit agencies across the country
– Convenient access to SYSTRA’s employment portal and application system
– A live social media feed and resource hub featuring the latest SYSTRA news and announcements
– An enhanced user interface

The new website provides a comprehensive resource for prospective clients and partners to browse SYSTRA’s innovative project solutions, ongoing initiatives, and partnerships throughout the United States, and globally. The site also provides convenient access to SYSTRA’s global resources and project portfolio.

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A global leader in mass transit and rail infrastructure engineering, SYSTRA has a reputation as an established partner in public transport systems for the past 50 years, and a unique wealth of experience in mass transit and rail projects. The Group employs 5,200 people worldwide, manages 3,000 contracts and operates in 78 countries.