Yesterday, we rode the metro for class. Granted, we have ridden the metro many times throughout the last few weeks, but this time we learned about its history and focused on its strengths and weaknesses and how it compares to systems in the United States.
Line 1 of the metro opened in 1900. They looked at the way other cities had done their metro system to determine how to do their own. They decided to have an electric system and to build the system underground where possible because they did not want the property value around it to decrease. When I learned that, I instantly thought of the silver line being built near Washington D.C. After much debate over whether it should be above ground or underground, the government decided to build above ground to save money on the construction, but does it save in the long run?
They have been adding on to the metro non-stop… unlike in Washington D.C. Now, there are 14 lines in Paris.
When professor Smith told us that when Paris wanted to add line 14, I could not help but think about the silver line again. The silver line was planned and debated for a long time before a decision was made for it (unfortunately with it being above ground). Construction began in 2009 and I know firsthand that it is still going and going… I avoid that part of route 7 whenever I can because of it and the road always looks different when I come home from school. Line 14, on the other hand, was proposed in 1987 and approved in 1989. Construction began in 1993 and line 14 began running in 1998.