So anyway I’m reading this book right now and it makes me realize how far ahead London is compared to Paris when it comes to both usability of the transport system, and openness of their internal processes.


So like..... not all of the tube’s stations are wheelchair-accessible, but there are a lot more than Paris’s whopping *9*

Apart from that, innovations in transports in London’s network are incredible. The first completely automated line there was in 1968!! They have countdowns at more than 400 crossings in the city! They have over 1500 “Legible London” wayfinding signs all over the city that indicates nearby transport systems or interest points!

And I’m not even talking about the payment system, where you can just put money on the Oyster card and it will automatically compute the cheapest fare possible based on where you enter and where you leave, but you can also pay via contactless credit card or phone if you prefer (with the same advantages)
And the scramble crossings!! These are so much more efficient!

But apart from all the technological prowess, they also have a fantastic and *unified* design across all transport systems in the greater London area, whereas in Paris every time there’s an extension it seems like they feel special and get a slightly different branding... and different transport modes don’t get the same branding...

And then, there’s the openness. Paris’s RATP doesn’t have a clear, publicized exposition place of its history. They don’t really publish anything about how they operate. They don’t seem to do any kind of public outreach at all, honestly.

It’s all such a waste...

@wxcafe i never thought of "community management" for public transit as a feature, but most of the cities i lived in have it, Wiener Linien, Netherlands, now… VRR (here in Germany / NRW) is a bit… special, because each "city" wants to do its own thing, even though the cities are flowing into each other just like they do in holland.

@wxcafe Sorry but I'm a Londoner and I have no idea what a scramble crossing is, would you please explain?

@frak they’re the crossings where all lanes stop and pedestrians can walk from and to any direction, in London they’re signified with the diagonal crossings and the circle in the middle of the roads?

@wxcafe ah those, well thank you very much for giving me their name :)

@wxcafe hell, the "look left" indicators on street crossings. Saved my life so many times.

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