Paris is an amazing city, it has so many great sights to see, like the one below
But for transport geeks like me, there is another thing about Paris that is amazing, its metro system. Accord to Wikipedia it is one of the densest and most used metro systems in the world with over 300 stations and 4.5 million passengers per day. The various lines create a grid like network across the city which means that pretty much every point in the city is no more than 500m from a station.
Looking at a map of a foreign city it is hard to comprehend just how bit the network is so I thought I would show it in comparison to Auckland. I have mapped out each of the line (including the RER lines) on to the Auckland Isthmus to the same scale as what exists in Paris.
I think its pretty safe to assume that none of us, or probably even our grand children will see a rail map like this in Auckland however what we will see is a redesigned bus network. The red lines in bus network are designed on the same principal as the Paris metro and are meant to run at a frequency of at least one bus every 15 minutes for almost all of the day and for 7 days a week, not quite as frequent as the train every 5 minutes off peak that Paris achieves but a pretty big leap forward from what we have now.