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How would you choose to make your Paris commute less painful?

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How would you choose to make your Paris commute less painful?
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15:14 CET+01:00
Public transport users have been invited to vote on a shortlist of ideas for how to improve train and bus travel in Paris. But only three of the 15 options will be put into action.
In October Paris transport chiefs RATP asked the public to come up with ideas on how to improve the city's public transport system. 
 
And it appears that many people think improvements are in order, with a whopping 2,196 suggestions from the public published on the official site since then
 
These included everything from digital improvements, physical changes at stations, and health-related improvements. 
 
A jury has since selected what it considered to be a shortlist of the 15 top ideas and arranged them for the public to vote.
 
Through user votes and the jury's selection, three of these projects will get the green light by early February and will be incorporated into the transport network. 
 
 
As for the 15 suggestions, you'll be forgiven for thinking that they're not gobsmackingly revolutionary. 
 
Many of them involved adding things to stations, including: Air purifiers, street art, green spaces, fruit baskets (for sale), and even a library. 
 
Other ideas included:
  • Create an RATP app that works offline
  • Add the Metro exit numbers to the RATP's online journey planner 
  • Add fake dashboards on driverless lines, so children can pretend to be the driver
  • Make an app that lets passengers report faults
  • Make a "chatbot" for route planning via text message
  • Introduce package collection spots at Metro stations (instead of at post offices)
The ideas that have pulled in the most votes so far are the green spaces in the Metro and the idea of number coding station exits. 
 
There are plenty of good ideas that didn't get a look in, at least if you ask us here at The Local France.
 
With the help of our Facebook followers, we came up with another 16 plans to improve the current system, including everything from a top-up Navigo pass to redesigning the Metro map.
 
 
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