You can try to convince me that the New York Underground is better than the London Underground, but I’ll never believe you. The Tube can get you to more places, faster, and through a much simpler navigation system. But its smaller trains and much shallower depths make it a claustrophobic nightmare. Luckily, Paris is considering a new public transit system for anyone afraid of enclosed spaces.
Paris, a city that already has its own underground metro system consisting of 16 lines stopping at 303 stations over 214 km of track, says it needs more public transport. Take note, America.
But, as there are already trains traversing its underground levels and buses crowding the streets above, French city planners are looking elsewhere instead.
So now the city’s transport bosses are assessing the feasibility of a network of cable cars across Paris.
It’s a luxurious image, isn’t it? The idea of floating above the streets of Paris and admiring the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe and the Champs-Élysées on your way to work every morning.
Before heading back down that same scenic drive home, you and your impeccably dressed colleagues will share a bottle of champagne while laughing gleefully at people rushing underground to catch the metro. You don’t need it anymore, you have the freedom of your city’s new cable car system.
Well, before I get too depressed over the fact that my country has ruined any hope of me moving to Paris to live out this fantasy, let’s talk about what the cable car system on offer actually is.
According to CNN, it is a 4.5 km aerial tram that will connect the southern suburbs of Paris to the city center. It will cost up to $145 million ($201) to build the system.
The Cable 1 system will link the Parisian suburb of Villeneuve-Saint-Georges to the Pointe du Lac station in just 17 minutes. This journey would currently take you 35 minutes by bus or 12 minutes by car.
Construction of the system could begin as early as this year.
To get the project off the ground, workers would erect 33 pylons along the proposed route. These would then support cables that would hold the cabins.
Each cabin would have the capacity to hold 10 people and would arrive at stations approximately every 30 seconds. The network is expected to serve around 11,000 people per day.