Tickets phased out:
They’ve been in use since 1900, when the Paris Metro opened for business, but soon the city’s familiar rectangular tickets will become a thing of the past, replaced by a fully automated system similar to the one in London.
For many tourists, the little white tickets – often purchased in a ‘carnet’ of 10 – are inseparable from a visit to the city.
They’re frequently found years later tucked between the pages of a book, in the back of wallet or under a sofa.
Ile-de-France Mobilites (IDFM), the organisation that coordinates the transport networks in Paris and its surrounding region, voted on Wednesday to move ahead with the process of automating the system by 2021. (RTRS)