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The Paris metro first began operating on July 19, 1900 and now comprises of 16 lines stretching over 214 km. There are 245 stations within the city limits of Paris alone. It transports an estimated 4.5 million people a day, and the underground station at Châtelet-Les Halles is the largest of its kind in the world. Needless to say, it’s an incredibly complex network which is easy to take for granted since we use it (and may even disparage it) on a daily basis. So, next time you are stuck waiting for the infamous line 13, just remember, it’s amazing this whole network of trains is working as well as it is in the first place.
At the Arts et Metiers you now have a chance to take a behind-the-scenes peek at the inner workings of this modern wonder. It is currently housing Metro…Ticket pour une expo, an exhibition that traces the history of the Paris metro with photographs, models and interactive displays. Tours are included with the entrance fee. It runs until January 1, 2012.
New Paris metro photo: ChrisYunker