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Old March 17th, 2015, 05:13 PM   #1861
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Châtelet - Les Halles

Opening of new stairs to Place Carrée / Forum des Halles exit.







I am more and more worried about this renovation when I see the quality of the materials (tacky tiles, laminated wood panels for the stairs). I hope it's only temporary... Not so sure indeed since this area has been closed for more than a year for renovation works.
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Old March 18th, 2015, 10:45 PM   #1862
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Bécon-les-Bruyères
Construction of the new footbridge.
The construction is underway above the platforms of the Group III (Saint-Lazare - Nanterre-Université/Cergy - Le Haut).



The footbridge will continue to reach the platforms of the Group II (Saint-Lazare - Saint-Cloud/Versailles-Rive-Droite/Saint-Nom-la-Bretèche).


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Old March 19th, 2015, 01:22 AM   #1863
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You can also see a brand new development (ZAC des Bruyères in Bois Colombes, 250000 m² of housing, offices, shops, public facilities) behind the station. Bécon-les-Bruyères and Bois-Colombes stations are going to be even more important in a very near future thanks to the connection with the line 15 of the Grand Paris Express.

Bécon-les-Bruyères between 2001 and 2013
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Old March 28th, 2015, 12:51 AM   #1864
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New station building under in construction









Enlargement of RER A westbound platform and the provisional RER A westbound platform.
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Old March 29th, 2015, 12:36 AM   #1865
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Gare de l'Est
Because of work in the tunnel section, the RER E services terminate at Gare de l'Est during this weekend.








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Old March 29th, 2015, 07:18 AM   #1866
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Does that happen often?
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Old March 29th, 2015, 04:59 PM   #1867
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No. It is not common but it can happen in case of work in the underground tunnel, strike or other difficulties.
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Old March 31st, 2015, 07:17 PM   #1868
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Per Symbioz, it looks like the MI 84 railcars are to be renovated? Minato can you confirm please?
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Old March 31st, 2015, 09:54 PM   #1869
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I confirm.
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Old April 4th, 2015, 03:42 AM   #1870
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I must say that I am rather against this move.
I think that this is not sustainable in the long term.

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Broadening the city through a universal fare card
Yonah Freemark March 30th, 2015

» The Paris region plans a single monthly fare for transit access, eliminating zones for pass holders, with the dual goals of encouraging more transit use and social integration.

What if it were possible to travel as much as you’d like by train or bus within Connecticut, from Stamford to New Haven, Hartford, New London, Waterbury, Danbury, Putnam, and hundreds of other towns, and then to travel within them, all on one transit fare card at the monthly price of just $76?

That’s what, in essence, will occur beginning in September in Île-de-France, the region that surrounds and includes Paris and which is practically the physical size of Connecticut—albeit far more populous and benefiting from a far more extensive transit system.

The plan is to eliminate the current five-zone transit fare system for people holding weekly or monthly passes and replace them with a universal, unlimited fare. The universal card will apply to virtually all transit services within Île-de-France, which is the most populous region in France, with 12 million inhabitants spread over 4,638 square miles (for comparison, the city of Paris proper has 2.3 million residents in 41 square miles, and New York City, which has a universal fare card for Subways and buses, is 305 square miles). The map below compares the shape and scale of Île-de-France with the New York region. Imagine a single monthly fare card for all transit service in that area.


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http://www.thetransportpolitic.com/2...card/#comments
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My transit district is planning, with state funding approval, to begin rolling out a regional, unified, farecard system with seven different transit districts over the course of the next five years. It will be very similar to the system in NY, and I am greatly in favor of such systems, as they eliminate the hassle of having to buy separate fare cards for each system and in some cases, deal with complex and distinctively different fare structures. I also like having one uniform fare structure because it allows for better implementation of upgrades and improvements, such as smartphone payment capabilities.

Minato, may I ask why, in further detail, why you believe these types of fare systems aren't sustainable?
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Old April 4th, 2015, 10:49 AM   #1872
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You would need 2 zones to cover the NYC region...but I could see it working...just a little to well... I don't think our transit system could handle the hundreds of thousands who would abandon their cars for transit at least for Regional. Urban Buses are a steal , but suffer from overcrowding... The Solution is building out a network of Tram lines in Urban Jersey , Urban Connecticut and along certain congested corridors... Also shouldn't that post be in the NYC Commuter rail thread?
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Old April 5th, 2015, 02:31 AM   #1873
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While the article references NY, it is about Paris.
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Old April 5th, 2015, 10:18 AM   #1874
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Minato, may I ask why, in further detail, why you believe these types of fare systems aren't sustainable?
Because the area covered by the single fare is far too big (note that this single fare will be only for subscriptions).
A single fare could cover a large part of cost if we take small area, for a much bigger area it will be no longer sufficient.

Even if this increases the number of people using the public transportation (I don't think that it will make a big change for Paris), bigger is the area, bigger is the number of structures to maintain and lower is the density of people.

We could face a lack of fund to maintain infrastructure in a more or less near future.
It's not a good calculation. It's mostly a electioneering idea to keep the region in the next regional elections.
(Elections which come by a pure coincidence at roughly the same time as the establishment of the single fare structure for the subscriptions).
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Old April 5th, 2015, 02:53 PM   #1875
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Old April 13th, 2015, 04:50 AM   #1877
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Minato, how long are the trains on each RER line? How many cars per train? Thanks.
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It is very complicated, expecially for the RER C and D, so I give you only the RER A, B and E.
Trains are most operated with serveral unit. The number of cars can change depending the distination on the RER C and D.

RER A
MS 61: 3x3 cars 225m
MI 84: 2x4 cars 210m
MI2N/MI09: 2x5 cars 225m

RER B
MI 79/MI 84: 2x4 cars 210m

RER E
MI2N: 2x5 cars 225m

Note that the RER A and B have shorter trains late in the night and in weekends and the RER E has some shorter trains outside rush hours.
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I was in Paris for a few days last week (to apply for a job).

Here's a panorama showing the Eiffel tower, the Champ de mars RER C station, and the Bir Hakeim bridge with the Bir Hakeim metro station (line 6) in the background :



The bridge links two stations : Bir Hakeim...





... and Passy :





The bridge was formerly called Passy bridge :



Pics taken last saturday, three days ago.
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