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Old December 15th, 2012, 09:50 PM   #501
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Opening of the extension
Sorry, I couldn't take good pics because of the weather. I will take more picture the next week.

Arriving at Maryse Bastié

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Porte de Vincennes terminal stop of the T3a and the T3b, T3a platforms

The two lines platforms are in the both side of the Avenue.



Porte de Vincennes T3b platforms

Porte de la Chapelle, northwestern end of the T3b
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Old December 16th, 2012, 04:15 AM   #502
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Is it easy to cross the road at Porte de Vincennes between T3a and T3b?
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Old December 16th, 2012, 11:23 AM   #503
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Minato ku Thank you very much for yours updates, I really appreciate it.
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Old December 16th, 2012, 03:46 PM   #504
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Is it easy to cross the road at Porte de Vincennes between T3a and T3b?
I would not say that it is easy and I will not say that it is difficult, the traffic is quite busy but there are pedestrain crossings.
You can use the subway station to cross thev street, there are metro entrances on both side of the Avenue.
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Old December 16th, 2012, 04:10 PM   #505
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What is the purpose of that bridge then?
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Old December 16th, 2012, 04:18 PM   #506
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The bridge is the old Petite Ceinture (inner belt) railway line. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chemin_...etite_Ceinture
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Old December 16th, 2012, 04:27 PM   #507
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Oh I see.

I think it could be put to use as a bike trail
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Old December 16th, 2012, 04:45 PM   #508
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I would not say that it is easy and I will not say that it is difficult, the traffic is quite busy but there are pedestrain crossings.
You can use the subway station to cross thev street, there are metro entrances on both side of the Avenue.
Do the pedestrian crossing have traffic lights?
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Old December 16th, 2012, 05:03 PM   #509
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With the heavy car traffic and the pedestrian traffic that trams will bring, the pedestrain crossing have traffic lights.
It was the case before the tram. Cours de Vincennes would be very tough to cross without traffic lights.
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Old December 16th, 2012, 05:05 PM   #510
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Yeah he was . I got the idea that these buses have an USB-connection for the driver where you can plug in a MP3-player.

He also went to trough the red traffic light at 0:40, 1:17, 3:26, 5:19, 5:36, 6:40, 8:30, so it's waiting on the first accident.

The bus was also 4 minutes late; nevertheless there was only a bad connection between the RER and bus. Finally the validators did not work.
Well, if you pay attention to the stop light you'll notice that stop light is for pedestrians.
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Old December 16th, 2012, 05:24 PM   #511
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With the heavy car traffic and the pedestrian traffic that trams will bring, the pedestrain crossing have traffic lights.
It was the case before the tram. Cours de Vincennes would be very tough to cross without traffic lights.
Indeed it would. Its good that there are traffic lights.
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Old December 19th, 2012, 11:21 PM   #512
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As I promised, some other pictures of the new extension.

Between Maryse Bastié and Porte de France.
Maryse Bastié station, before this boulevard (Boulevard Massena) was elevated.

A google street view of the area before the tram in 2009.

This bridge is the unsued Petite Ceinture (inner belt) railway line, it has been replaced by a new one.

Before, it was a very unfriendly place for pedestrians.

Porte de France station, the area is quite empty for the moment but in few years this area will be completly different.

Porte de France is above the track of Gare d'Austerlitz, this hole will be covered by buildings
Several high-rises are planned.



Between Delphine Sering and Canal Saint Denis.
Delphine Sering station



Grand Moulin de Pantin and Ourcq canal



Porte de la Vilette station



Quai de la Gironde, next to the Saint Denis Canal



Canal Saint Denis station.

A google street view of the area in 2008.
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Porte de France station, the area is quite empty for the moment but in few years this area will be completly different.


Porte de France is above the track of Gare d'Austerlitz, this hole will be covered by buildings
Several high-rises are planned.
Is it straightforward to go from Porte de France station (T3) to Biblioteque station (RER C; M14)?
It is signaled as a connection with a walk, and its about 500m, but my question is if there is a direct pleasent walkable path.
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Old December 20th, 2012, 08:22 AM   #514
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Very nice idea to post before/after pictures. The changes are stunning!
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Old December 20th, 2012, 01:15 PM   #515
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Is it straightforward to go from Porte de France station (T3) to Biblioteque station (RER C; M14)?
It is signaled as a connection with a walk, and its about 500m, but my question is if there is a direct pleasent walkable path.
Yes, by using the Avenue de France, the Avenue is now open to Marechaux (where is located the tram).
The closest RER entrance is on Avenue de France, 350m further and the closest metro entrance is at 500m of tram also on Avenue de France.

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Old December 22nd, 2012, 12:39 AM   #516
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Extension, video of the RATP.
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Slight off-topic, but are the French generally supportive of mass transit?
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Old December 27th, 2012, 03:04 PM   #518
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Slight off-topic, but are the French generally supportive of mass transit?
French mostly support mass transit and tend to use it often, at least in cities.
However, many French people love their car too, so tramways and busways usually get hated as they reduce the place for automobiles.
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France is among the european countries with the lowest use of the public transportation by the population.
It is not that French people hate it but the service in most of the country is quite limited, most of the population don't live in large or medium city.
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On the other hand in Paris and Ile de France the ridership of public transport and the modal split is pretty high. A little bit lower but quite high is it in some medium sized towns (e.g. Strasbourg) as well.
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