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What France Can Teach U.S. Cities About Transit Design

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It will be a long time until Americans are comfortable enough with sexual innuendo to appropriate that term. But there’s an awful lot that U.S. cities should learn as soon as possible about the way the French design their transit networks. Whereas American light rail systems have had modest success and modern streetcar lines have questionable transit value, France operates 57 tram lines in 33 cities that together carry some 3 million passengers a day and create a fantastic balance of mobility options for urban and suburban residents alikeā€”all built in the last 30 years.