100 Years

While Bogota carries discussing, studying, projecting, and speculating about the construction of its subway, without having cleared at least the path to its actual execution, the Paris Metro is poised to fulfill its first one hundred years old. Say Anita because its existence will keep many more decades, which means that this meter is still very young. It was not the first in Europe, because London was ahead of build yours in 1863 and Budapest in 1896. The first line of the Paris Metro, between the door of Vincennes and the Maillot gate, opened in July 1900, after a controversy between the French State and the municipality of Paris, not around the simple cost, as it is currently the case in our country, but because of two different conceptions of mass transit. The dispute ended with the law on the 30 March 1898 declared public utility the establishment within a metropolitan local interest, electric traction rail Paris and one distance between rails of 2.40 metres. That first line was underground, except cruise canal St. Martin to the Bastille, and was built by pioneer Fulgencio Bienvenu in a record time of seventeen months. Initially, the trains were composed of three small trucks: the locomotive was two small cars, one of which was first class in wood, with two doors and a single window.

In April 1903 ended the second line that was going from Dauphine station to the Nation. Between those two was the infamous station of Couronnes, where the tragedy that claimed the lives of 84 people to ignite, occurred by short circuit within a drive locomotive, several cars full of people. After the construction of the second line the execution of the project, accelerated in a surprising way achieving give service in seven years the lines 2 South (do Trocadero to Passy and thence to the Place d?)Italie), 3 (Place de Villiers to Gambetta), 4 (do de la Porte d?)Orleans to the Porte de Clignancourt, with the famous station of Saint Michel in the Latin quarter) and 5 (of the Etoile, where is the Arc de Triomphe, until Gare du Nord). Later came the complement with regional train system called RER, which the Paris Metro was definitely connected with the rest of France, leaving its initial conception of intramural Parisian train. Today, the subway Centennial is a wonderful model of mass transport that within the 20 districts (arrondissements) classics of the city has a station almost every 500 meters, giving comfort to tourists and natives incredible and the impossibility of lost or disoriented is. The service is provided until one in the morning with an inconceivable precision, because nobody takes more than five minutes waiting at any station. I think the only thing detestable his souvenir is particularly foul-smelling odor that breathes inside, which might only want to signify that there the bad moods of all races in the world are mixed or, simply, that it is of the own bowels of the most beautiful city in the terracleo balloon.