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There was an article in the FT last weekend (Simon Kuper's column) that laid out the Paris expansion of the Metro/RER system to 68 new suburban stations.  The stations are planned to be population centers with essentially unlimited density zoning (ultimate population expected to equal 1.5x Paris today) in an 800 meter (about half a mile) radius around each station. The plan is not Paris-centric; this time they want to connect the suburbs to each other.  The construction timetable began in 2015 and a large portion isexpected to be completed by 2030, 100% finished in 2050.  

 

I don't know if rail transit will still be a preferred method of travel in 2050; but the right-of-way will undoubtedly remain valuable and  it's nice to see *somebody* has a long-term vision.

 

If you can find a way around the paywall:

https://www.ft.com/content/1aa745d8-6330-11ea-a6cd-df28cc3c6a68

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On 3/21/2020 at 11:47 AM, Dougal said:

There was an article in the FT last weekend (Simon Kuper's column) that laid out the Paris expansion of the Metro/RER system to 68 new suburban stations.  The stations are planned to be population centers with essentially unlimited density zoning (ultimate population expected to equal 1.5x Paris today) in an 800 meter (about half a mile) radius around each station. The plan is not Paris-centric; this time they want to connect the suburbs to each other.  The construction timetable began in 2015 and a large portion isexpected to be completed by 2030, 100% finished in 2050.  

 

I don't know if rail transit will still be a preferred method of travel in 2050; but the right-of-way will undoubtedly remain valuable and  it's nice to see *somebody* has a long-term vision.

 

If you can find a way around the paywall:

https://www.ft.com/content/1aa745d8-6330-11ea-a6cd-df28cc3c6a68

 

 

i believe this is it -- le grand paris express plan:

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grand_Paris_Express

 

15 will be the new circle line -- i think its all subway -- pretty amazing.

 

 

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for some far too quick eye candy -- here are 10 most beautiful train stations via curbed:

 

 

 

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