RATP Group

The RATP Group (French: Groupe RATP), also known as the Régie Autonome des Transports Parisiens (English: Autonomous Parisian Transportation Administration), is a state-owned public transport operator and maintainer headquartered in Paris, France. Formed in 1949, it has its origins as the city's public transport operator. Its logo represents, in a stylized version, the Seine's meandering through the Paris area as the face of a person looking up.

RATP Group
State-owned company
IndustryPublic transport
PredecessorCompagnie du chemin de fer métropolitain de Paris, Société des transports en commun de la région parisienne 
FoundedJanuary 1, 1949 (1949-01-01) in Paris, France
54, Quai de la Rapée
75012 Paris
Area served
Worldwide, with significant Île-de-France involvement
Key people
Catherine Guillouard (CEO)
Revenue€5.56 billion (2015)
Number of employees
over 63000 (2018)
ParentGovernment of France
SubsidiariesRATP Capital Innovation
RATP Connect (ex-Telcité)
RATP Coopération (ex-RATP i)
RATP Habitat (ex-Logis-Transports)
RATP Real Estate (ex-SEDP)
RATP Smart Systems (ex-Ixxi)
RATP Travel Retail (ex-Promométro)

Today, RATP is still responsible for most of the public transport in Paris and the rest of the 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 3.389 billion passengers per year.

The RATP's Paris operations are still a major part of the business, but its operations have now extended to include businesses around the globe. They include involvement in the operation of bus, tram, rapid transit and inter-city rail services in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas. RATP Group is currently the world's fifth largest operator in the public transport sector.


The RATP was created on 1 January 1949 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 By the time the STCRP was merged into the RATP, all of its streetcars had been replaced by bus routes.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.[1][2][3]

In 2009, RATP entered the United States by purchasing transit contractor McDonald Transit Associates.[4] McDonald operated Fort Worth Transportation Authority (now Trinity Metro) in Texas, Votran in Florida, and Waco Transit System in Texas, among others.

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.


The last CEOs of the RATP were Anne-Marie Idrac, Pierre Mongin and Élisabeth Borne. The actual president of the RATP, Catherine Guillouard, was nominated on 2 August 2017.[6]

Operations in Paris

In Paris, RATP operates, under its own name, on behalf of the Île-de-France Mobilités (IDFM), 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 in the Greater Paris area include:

Paris bus route 341 was RATP's first line equipped with 100% electric full-size buses (starting June 2016).[11]

Operations outside Paris

RATP Dev (Dev being a contraction of Développement, French for development[12]), a 100% subsidiary of the RATP Group created in 2002, provides operations and maintenance of passenger transport services outside of the "historical" RATP network in the Greater Paris area although it also operates some specialised services within Paris. RATP Dev is present in 14 countries, namely Algeria, China, France, India, Italy, Morocco, the Philippines, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Wholly and partly owned operations include the following:[13][14][15]

Operations in France

International operations

Heavy rail

Metro and tramway

Bus and coach

United States

RATP operates various transportation systems in the United States under the name RATP Dev USA.

Other countries
  • Autolinee Toscane, a coach operator in Tuscany, Italy[60]
  • Cilia Italia, Lazio, Italy[61]
  • Riyadh (since 2014 set-up of the capital's future urban bus network with approximately 1,000 vehicles over three depots, and operations and maintenance for a duration of 10 years starting 2016, 20% share of a consortium with SAPTCO)[62][63][64]


Former operations


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  9. Orlyval is part of the "historic" RATP network but operated by RATP Dev, on behalf of RATP.
  10. Line T4 is operated by SNCF and line T11 is operated by Transkeo.
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  30. "Valenciennes : la RATP va remplacer Transvilles" (in French). 19 November 2014. Retrieved 26 April 2018.
  31. "La RATP réussit son Mondial avec le Gautrain" (in French). Retrieved 19 June 2014.
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  36. "Le tramway de Sétif est dans la place" (in French). 11 May 2018. Retrieved 17 May 2018.
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  43. "Hong Kong tram celebrates 110 years". Retrieved 2 August 2014.
  44. "RATP Dev apporte son expertise pour la ligne 1 du métro de Manille" (in French). Retrieved 25 October 2014.
  45. "Victoire pour Keolis et RATP Dev au Qatar" (in French). 7 December 2017. Retrieved 11 December 2017.
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  59. "RATP Dev USA Selected to Manage Yuma County, Arizona's Transit Service". 5 June 2018. Retrieved 6 June 2018.
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  63. "Bus et métro de Ryad : Ratp Dev veut tenter le grand chelem" (in French). Retrieved 21 November 2014.
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