The Caen Guided Light Transit or TVR is a guided bus system in Caen, France. After a construction time lasting three years, the guided bus system opened on 18 November 2002 at a total cost of 190 million euros. The Caen bus company Twisto (CTAC) is the current operator of the guided bus system.
It was in 1988 that the SMTCAC (Syndicat Mixte des Transports en Commun de l'Agglomération Caennaise) first considered a large-scale public transport. The opening of the bus system was not without problems. As well as a lack of interest in the system by the population with only 23% backing the project, in 1994, Viacités, one of the guided bus' network partners closed a contract with the consortium STVR (Société the transport sur Voie Réservée), existing construction company Spie Batignolles and Bombardier Transportation proceeded with infrastructure and vehicle construction. Due to financial contracts the municipality had no other choice but to push the project forward despite a relative lobby against the tram.
24 three-car guided buses run the line and are guided by a central non supporting rail. Traction is electric and is transmitted to without tyre wheels whilst power is drawn from a catenary through a pantograph.
The tram current serves 40% of the public transport trips, 70 000 inhabitants and 60 000 jobs situated within 400m of the line.
Service frequency is high (3.5/7 minutes between buses) and operates between 5h30 and 00h30. Speed is 30% higher than conventional buses and stops never 450m apart.