The MP 89 faces an uncertain future…

Two MP 89CC trains at station Mairie de Montrouge, Line 4. Photo Credit: Minato
Two MP 89CC trains at station Mairie de Montrouge, Line 4. Photo Credit: Minato.

7/12/13: This article, published on 7/11/13, now points out a completion of Line 4 automation by 2019, which is definitely more in line with the completion of the Bagneux extension. There is also a hint in the article that stock from Line 14 (Mp 89CA/MP 05) may be transferred over to Line 4, but still nothing is mentioned about the fate of the MP 89CC.

In June of 2012, I first reported about the cascading of rolling stock throughout the Paris Metro system, specifically that of Lines 1, 4, 5, and 9. A little over a year later, this latest round of cascading is nearing its final phase, with Line 9 set to get brand new MF 2001 trains beginning in September! I’ll be discussing about this upcoming transition, and following up on my previous post about the new look of the Paris subway rolling stock as we know it, in a later post. In this post however, I will be highlighting the uncertainty of my favorite Paris subway rolling stock, the MP 1989.

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Presenting Station Mairie de Montrouge!

Happy Saturday everyone!

Today, we celebrate another milestone on the Paris Metro system, the grand opening of station Mairie de Montrouge on Line 4!

Although I would have liked to get my post on Line 4 (as a whole) uploaded today, I just was not able to due to some technical issues. I will be able to get the post done, but not until next week.

If you’re reading this post from Paris, there are some pretty neat events going on in conjunction with the grand opening. I invite you to jog over to the Dominque Josse blog for a schedule of events. It’s pretty cool! 😀

With that said; I would also like to update my readers on other posts that I’m planning. I’m currently working on my post regarding fare evasion and how different transit districts are dealing with it. I hope to have that post up by the middle of April. I’m also working on my next Transit Staycations post, which will profile another neat destination in the Tampa area. Please stay tuned for further updates and continue to spread the word about my site!

Warmest Regards,

HARTride 2012

First video glimpses of station Mairie de Montrouge

Happy Saturday everyone!

We are roughly a week away from the scheduled grand opening of station Mairie de Montrouge along the Paris Metro Line 4, and I’ve come across a couple YouTube videos which show the final testing phase in action!

Please know that neither video was taken by me, so I have to thank the two individuals who took these videos. The first video is that of an MP 89CC stock train departing station Porte d’Orleans, which is the current southern terminus of Line 4. Prior to Montrouge, trains would slowly depart the southbound platform and switch over to the loop tracks to return to the northbound direction via the northbound platform. A central track on the northbound platform would sometimes be used for arriving trains to unload passengers as well. This three-track, two-platform configuration is very common for terminating stations throughout the Metro.

After the opening of station Montrouge, the traffic pattern will permanently change at station Porte d’Orleans. The southbound platform and track will continue to be used for southbound traffic. However; the center track will be switched over to northbound traffic, keeping in tune with the rest of the Line 4 stations.  The current northbound track, at the outer edge of the northbound platform, will be permanently removed and covered over to make way for a new access point, which includes elevator access.

The second YouTube video is particularly awesome, and is not very common to see in any subway system. It shows a conductor’s view of the MP 89CC stock train departing station Porte d’Orleans and traveling to station Montrouge. After a short stop at the southbound platform, the train reverses and returns to the northbound direction, making a brief stop at the northbound platform before returning to station Porte d’Orleans.

Now, while these videos are quite awesome, there were a couple other videos here and there that showed station Montrouge during construction. However, I’m not able to find those videos at the moment.

Like the opening of station Front Populaire along Line 12, I will be making a post about the history of Line 4 and station Montrouge. Please look out for this post next Sunday! 😀
Warmest Regards,

HARTride 2012

Reopening a closed subway station: South Ferry and Cluny – La Sorbonne

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Greetings everyone!

I know I’ve been talking quite a lot about the Paris Metro as of late. However, I don’t want to leave the New York City Subway out of my discussions, as there’s much to talk about on that system. Particularly, I will be speaking of news that the New York City MTA will be, for the first time in the agency’s history, reopening a previously closed subway station.

During the lifetime of a subway system, many stations may permanently be closed to passengers for a variety of reasons. Common reasons include: the distance of the station in comparison to adjacent stations (stations too close to each other), cost of maintaining the station (too expensive to maintain and keep open), and the design of the station (either the station is obsolete or too oddball to keep open). In any case, once a subway station is permanently closed to passengers, passenger access will be permanently sealed and trains will simply pass through the corridor without stopping.

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If Line 4 was fully automated…

Greetings everyone,

As I mentioned in my Sunday posting regarding Line 4 of the Paris subway, I want to go through some possible scenarios that could play out if full automation were to take place. Right now, automation is in the planning books for Line 4, as it is the second busiest line in the Paris Metro system. With the success of Line 14 being a fully automated line, the RATP began to research automating other lines in the system. Possible candidates include Lines 4, 6, 7, 11, and 13 due to their passenger loads. Line 13 is currently being fitted with platform screen doors, making it a likely candidate for automation within the next 15 to 20 years. I would heavily suspect that once Line 4 is complete, Line 13 will be next on the list.

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Revised Grand Paris Express plan unveils a possible Phase 2 extension for Metro Line 11

Greetings everyone!

I have some late-breaking news regarding Line 11 of the Paris Metro!

A couple weeks ago, I mentioned about the upcoming project to extend Line 11 from its current terminus at station Mairie des Lillias to Rosny Bois-Perrier. Now, there is word of a 2nd phase extension that would run from Rosny Bois-Perrier to Noisy-Champs, where it will connect to the RER Line A and be partially integrated into the proposed Grand Paris Express system.

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Photo Galleries of Montrouge!

Greetings everyone!

I would like to share some links with you. These are links to a few photo albums from the Paris Metro Line 4 blog by Dominique Josse that depict the construction of station Mairie de Montrouge. There are three albums to view, all of which are accessible from the left side navigation bar on the homepage. Since the site is in French however, it may be difficult for some to locate the exact links to the albums.

Don’t forget to check out the virtual tour by clicking on the link ” Visite virtuelle station Mairie de Montrouge” located on the left side navigation bar. It’s very cool and very realistic!

Please stay tuned for further updates. The countdown to the grand opening is well underway, and this time (unlike Front Populaire on Line 12), I plan to really enjoy the excitement as if I was actually in Paris!

 

Warmest Regards,

HARTride 2012.

March = Mairie de Montrouge

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Greetings everyone!

 

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.

 

Warmest Regards,

HARTride 2012

Mairie de Montrouge Virtual Tour

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Greetings everyone,

I have a brief update on the Paris subway Line 4 extension towards station Mairie de Montrouge!

Towards the end of January, I discovered the le metro a rendez-vous avec Montrouge blog by Dominique Josse. In this blog, she features up-to-date news and happenings that revolve around the Line 4 extension projects towards Montrouge, and later towards Bagneux. Most recently, she posted a link to a virtual tour interface that showcases the new station Mairie de Montrouge. I must say that I’m really impressed with the way the station is rendered in the virtual tour because everything looks so realistic! In fact, when I “walk” onto the northbound platform, I can visualize the MP 89 stock train arriving at the station to “whisk” me north towards station Gare du Nord. I invite you to check out the virtual tour yourself by clicking the “VISITE VIRTUELLE” icon on the left hand side of the blog’s homepage.

From what I’ve been hearing through this blog, as well as Symbioz; Saturday, March 23, 2013 is the tentative opening date for station Mairie de Montrouge. If there are no more major delays, then this should be the final date. On March 9, 10, and 11th, the segment of Line 4 between Gare Montparnasse and Porte d’Orleans will close for testing. During that particular weekend, bus services will be set up 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.

On March 12, the marche à blanc or walk to white phase begins. This is where trains will travel their normal route to Porte d’Orleans, drop off passengers per normal, but then continue their journey to Mairie de Montrouge. However, service at times will still be limited to Gare Montparnasse and northward, so bus services will be in operation between Denfert-Rocherau and Porte d’Orleans. This phase will test the new segment in a normal traffic environment and will allow the RATP to smooth out any remaining “bumps in the road” before the grand opening on March 23.

If everything goes well, I will be reporting back in March for my “grand opening” post. Until then, I invite you to visit Dominique Josse’s blog, where you can stay up-to-date on the latest regarding the Line 4 extension project. A HUGE ROUND OF APPLAUSE TO HER! 😀

Warmest Regards,

HARTride 2012