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The Greatest Public Transport System in the World

Hi there. Just a short one today. In the past I’ve published a couple of roundups of interesting content around the web, but I wouldn’t normally single out one single video and leave it at that. That said, I was so impressed by The Greatest Public Transport System in the World that I just had to share it.

If you’re interested in transit – and there’s a strong chance you are if you’re reading this blog – then you might already know Canadian transit expert Reece “RMTransit” Martin. Back in October (yes, I’m a little late to the party) he posted to YouTube something of a love letter, detailing the many reasons he sees Paris’s transport network as exemplary. The video features references to many of the things I’ve covered on this blog, including tramways, minibuses, the upcoming cable car, and improvements in cycling infrastructure. As well as praising the city’s targeted use of a diverse array of technologies, Reece notes that Paris’s multimodal, medium-density nature is almost uniquely well suited to transit. But he’s not afraid of nuance, pointing out that some of the metro’s older stations could do with some attention.

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