We are less than three weeks away from another milestone on the Paris Metro system, the grand opening of station Mairie de Montrouge on Line 4!
Line 4 is the second busiest line on the Paris subway and is my all-time favorite Paris subway line. It currently connects the northern fringe of Paris at Clignancourt to the southern fringe at Porte d’Orleans. After March 22 though, it will extend into the suburbs of Montrouge, and by 2020, the suburbs of Bagneux. Further plans have the line extending northward into the suburbs of Saint Ouen. I will have a more detailed post on Line 4’s history and routing (similar to that of my post on Line 12) later this month.
Currently, the extension to Montrouge is set to open Saturday, March 23rd, 2013. The segment of Line 4 south of Gare Montparnasse will close this weekend, starting March 9th, to facilitate final testing and preparation for the station’s opening. Shuttle buses will provide service between Denfert-Rochereau and Porte d’Orleans. Passengers wishing to travel toward Porte d’Orleans will need transfer to Line 6 at Gare Montparnasse and travel to Denfert-Rocherau, where the buses will pick up passengers from there.
In the meantime, please look out for my next post on Line 4 regarding the eventual automation of the line. There has been much speculation for quite some time that Line 4 will be automated next. However, costs have indefinitely delayed this project from occurring anytime soon. Will it ever become a reality? Quite possibly. I will be discussing some possible scenarios in the upcoming post.
If you live in the US, don’t forget set your clocks ahead this Saturday!
For those of you who reside in the US, you know what I’m talking about. It’s Daylight Savings Time beginning Sunday morning, March 10, at 2am. Please be sure to set your clocks ahead by one hour Saturday night.