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Val – Fully Automated Metro System
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Developed by Siemens Transportation Systems (STS), Paris, the Val (Véhicule Automatique Léger) is the first fully automated light metro, without driver or attendant on bord the vehicle. From the control center, only a few operators supervise the whole entire system.
Since its introduction in 1983, the Val system is continuously being upgraded and perfected, thus regularly providing a higher level of comfort and safety. Today, the new generation of Val (Val 208 and Val 258) provides the appropriate solution for cities and airports to meet their transportation needs.

Val - benefits at a glance

  • Capacity up to 30,000 passengers per hour and per direction
  • Service speed of more than 35 km/h
  • Speeds of up to 80 km/h
  • Increased train frequency
  • Waiting time less than one minute
  • Higher level of comfort and safety
  • Increased punctuality
  • Reduced energy consumption
  • Minimisation of life cycle costs


  • Communauté Urbaine de Lille (CUDL), Lille, France
  • MTD, Toulouse, France
  • Société d'Economie Mixte des Transports Collectifs de l'Agglomération Rennaise (SEMTCAR), France
  • Department of Rapid Transit Systems (DORTS), Taipei, Taiwan
  • Orlyval, Paris, France
  • City of Chicago, USA
  • Turin, Italy
Val system