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!
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.
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! 😀
For several weeks, I had been planning a blog post regarding the extension of Line 4 of the Paris Subway towards the suburb of Montrouge. Unfortunately, construction work has delayed the opening of the new extension until at least March of 2013; the station Mairie de Montrouge had been tentatively scheduled to open by December 31, 2012.
Why the delay? From what I am hearing from Parisians in the SkyScraperCity and Symbioz forums (the latter one is in French; you can use Google Translate or Yahoo BabelFish to translate); it is taking much longer than expected to dig through the numerous quarries that lie underneath Montrouge. In fact; the entire routing of the subway extension towards Bagneux (planned to begin construction in 2014) had to be altered in order to avoid massive quarries that would otherwise undermine the stability of the ground above. You can see in these photos how complex some of these quarries are.
Sadly; the tentative date of December, 2012 for the opening of the new Montrouge station was quite unrealistic given the many surprises that lurked underneath Montrouge. No one could really know the stability of the quarries until the digging commenced. On the flipside however; it is better to delay work, than to rush things and have something disastrous happen during operation of the subway line. We certainly don’t want to imagine any such scenarios.
With this said; I hope to be able to report back towards the end of 2012 as to the status of the Line 4 extension. I will also post at the time; an update of the extension of Line 12, which is still expected to open in December, 2012.