Rennes is located in Brittany (Brittany) in western France. The city has a total of 215,000 inhabitants (500,000 in the metropolitan area and about 50,000 students).
After Lille and Toulouse, Rennes is the third French city to introduce the VAL metro system (short for Véhicule automatique léger). The first line is a north-south route through the city center. Construction work began in 1997. In mid-2000, track-laying began, and at the end of 2000, the first of 16 Matra trains was delivered. After a week of "detection service", the metro started operating regularly on March 16, 2002.