Tick­ets phased out:

Europe

Arab Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

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)

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