Paris knows how to run a transit system

ECONOMIC NAVIGATION AND SIGHTSEEING

July 13, 2008|By JAY HANCOCK

From vacation in France ...

Paris has the best subway system I've ever used. Trains go anywhere you want. (Even the snooty 8th arrondisement. No black holes for rich neighborhoods, such as for Georgetown in the D.C. metro system. And they run frequently. We haven't waited more than four minutes for a subway all week.

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Even better: the Velib system for bike rentals. All around the city are racks of bikes that anybody can rent anytime. You can even turn in the bike at a different rack, and it's all recorded and paid for automatically. This is how to do mass transit correctly. Of course, gas at 10 a gallon is an incentive.

jay.hancock@baltsun.com

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