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Un Tramway Nommé Désir: Streetcars Make a Comeback in Paris – International – SPIEGEL ONLINE – News

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Un Tramway Nommé Désir: Streetcars Make a Comeback in Paris – International – SPIEGEL ONLINE – News

I don’t normally read Der Spiegel. This article was brough to my attention by the Semiahmoo Planning Group on the Liveable Region Coalition listserve. There some nice (though small) pictures to go with the article too. I hope this story gets picked up around here as trams on Broadway (and other major streets) are becoming something of leitmotif of mine.

Here is the official website and if you look in the comments section, Ron has provided some useful links for English speakers.

Written by Stephen Rees

December 29, 2006 at 4:32 pm

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  1. I’m a parisian actualy in Vancouver. I did a lot against this project of tramway in Paris since 2000. If it is a wonderful toy for the mayor, to show to everybody his battle against the cars, and rebuild old boulevards in a working-class area (sidewalk in marble, trees from everywhere in the world, rails in the grass, artworks…), it will be a very bad transit system.

    The cost is very important just to replace a efficient bus line (which had an all new -1999- bus-only lanes).

    You have to know the boulevard where this tramway has been built is fifty meters close to a unused railway line which should be the perfect place for a rapid transit (no crossing, high-speed, capacity).

    The problem with the new French tramways is they are built only to show to electors that the mayor is interested in environnement. Usualy they cost a lot with no real transportation finality and/or improvement. If you go to Europe look the difference between French and “eastern” (from Germany, Switzerland) tramways.
    We even imagine some tramways on tyres! (Nancy, Caen, and of course Clermond-Ferrand, the Michelin’s city) (trolleybus?… no tramway! isn’t it smarter?)

    I hope for Vancouver something more efficient and less politic than this parisian tramway (91% of people who expressed an advice during the public consultation were against this route and for the reuse of the unused railway line)

    For those that could be interested in this debate, I have a lot of documents about it, unfortunately only in French. But I could translate some extracts or answer to your questions.

    Pierre P.

    December 29, 2006 at 8:25 pm

  2. Information and statistics on the line available here in English.

    http://www.tramway.paris.fr/tram.asp?section=I&lapage=espace_presse/I7.asp

    I think the line, being a crosstown line and connecting with 5 Metro and 2 RER stations is more of a feeder line than a major line.
    The same would apply to the streetcar proposed for downtown Vancouver (which will connect to a number of Canada Line and Skytrain Stations running to the same destinations) – depending on fare integration.

    Ron

    January 2, 2007 at 12:52 pm

  3. SkyscraperCity thread on the T3 line – including video and still pics.

    http://skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=421371

    Ron

    January 2, 2007 at 12:58 pm

  4. Thanks for those two very informative links Ron

    Stephen Rees

    January 2, 2007 at 1:01 pm


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