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Price Tags in Paris

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Price Tags 102

Because my readership keeps growing I am going to assume that there are some of you who do not know about Price Tags. The rest of you already subscribe and got this link by email. Clicking on the link gets you a pdf magazine produced by one man, former Vancouver Councillor Gordon Price who is now head of the City Program at SFU. He said recently that it started as just a way to send his friends information on his travels, but grew from there. And this is the second effort as a result of his Paris trip. Well written, well researched and well illustrated. Priceless!

And from there I got this nice little video of how the metro works to move people. The film maker is not an American unused to transit – he is a Londoner and I think a bit of a train buff. But even he is astonished at the number of people quite small trains at one minute headways can move. Imagine for a moment while looking at this that 70% of these people are trying to lug a tonne and half of machinery with them – and then you will understand why freeways are useless in urban places.

Written by Stephen Rees

April 7, 2008 at 10:29 am

Posted in transit, Urban Planning

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  1. Good time keeping, but 1 minute headways are not that all impressive (maybe only to the SkyTrain lobby), most European tramway’s operate 30 second or less headways, during peak hours.

    The large station ensures quick dispersal of passengers so the platforms don’t get clogged, delaying trains. Small underground stations on older subway systems, just can’t disperse passengers quick enough and constrains headways.

    Malcolm J.

    April 7, 2008 at 12:47 pm


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