The conurbation around Geneva has a population of roughly 900,000 and extends into two French départements (Haute-Savoie and Ain) as well as the Swiss cantons of Geneva and Vaud.
More than 400,000 jobs are located in the region. In demographic terms, it is the fifth fastest-growing region in Europe. By 2030, a further 200,000 inhabitants and 100,000 jobs are expected to be created here.
The new Cornavin–Eaux-Vives–Annemasse (CEVA) line will connect up the existing Swiss and French rail networks and permit the creation of a high-performance regional transport system based around two rail hubs: Geneva and Annemasse. This Franco-Valdo-Genevois RER (rapid transit) network will serve more than 40 stations within a 60km radius taking in Coppet, Nyon, La Plaine, Bellegarde, Evian-les-Bains, La Roche-sur-Foron, St-Gervais-les-Bains-Le-Fayet and Annecy.
The Franco-Valdo-Genevois RER network will have a positive impact on the entire Lake Geneva basin, creating good public transport links in districts which until now were poorly served. The network will not only generate benefits for local people wanting to move around their region on a daily basis: by linking up with Geneva Airport, the French TGV network and other national and international trains, it will also enhance the economic and tourist appeal of the Lake Geneva basin.
The Franco-Valdo-Genevois RER will open up new transport opportunities for commuters and students as well for both business and leisure travellers. Running at very frequent intervals, it will be fully integrated into the domestic and international services of the Swiss (CFF/SBB) and French (SNCF) rail networks. Services will link the region’s 40 stations every half hour, while the core network between Geneva and Annemasse will see up to 6 trains per hour in each direction, 7 days a week.
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