PHOTOS – “It will change my life”, the very first passengers of metro 14 to Orly are won over

PHOTOS – “It will change my life”, the very first passengers of metro 14 to Orly are won over
PHOTOS – “It will change my life”, the very first passengers of metro 14 to Orly are won over

Around thirty curious people and Ile-de-France residents eager to discover the extension of metro line 14 are waiting patiently at Olympiades station. The green light from the line director was given just after noon this Monday. In the very first passenger train heading to Orly, all eyes are fixed on the brand new tunnel, visible through the windshield of this driverless shuttle.

“We are experiencing a historic moment!”; rejoices David, a 44-year-old Parisian. Eight years of work were necessary to dig 14 kilometers and build 7 new stations. Added to this is the extension to the north, an additional 2 kilometers to Saint-Denis Pleyel.

Map of the new stations served by line 14 © Radio France
Valentin BERTRAND

Revolution for Val-de-Marne

Line 14 has therefore changed size. Now 28 kilometers long, it is the longest in the Paris metro network. It is also the fastest with a journey time of 40 minutes to reach Orly airport to Saint-Denis Pleyel.

MP59 train in circulation on line 14 © Radio France
Valentin BERTRAND

In the coming years, the 14 will therefore almost double its attendance, going from 650,000 travelers per day to almost a million. To prepare for this, longer and more modern trainsets (MP14) were put into circulation. Their delivery having been delayed, the interval between two metros will only be two minutes. It should then gradually decrease to reach 85 seconds during 2025.

Two people look at the map of line 14 in Orly Airport station, June 24, 2024 © Radio France
Valentin BERTRAND
The platforms are equipped with landing racks for greater safety © Radio France
Valentin BERTRAND

“It will change my life to have the metro behind my house”, exclaims Janelle, resident of Chevilly-Larue (Val-de-Marne). No more long journeys and connections to reach your medical school in Paris. “Instead of taking tram 7, then two metros, I will go to the university directly using line 14 in a quarter of an hour”continues the young woman, who will thus save an hour of travel time each day.

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Ticket control room of the new Orly Airport station, June 24, 2024 © Radio France
Valentin BERTRAND

The direct connection between the city center of Paris and Orly airport will also simplify the lives of vacationers and traveling workers. The Orlybus disappears to make way for line 14. It now takes 26 minutes between Châtelet-les-Halles and Orly. With one precaution to take, if you do not have a monthly or annual Navigo pass: bring an airport ticket, at a cost of €10.30 (accessible on Navigo Easy and on smartphone).

Terminals allowing you to buy airport tickets, in the new Orly Airport station © Radio France
Valentin BERTRAND

If you forget, there’s no need to turn around. Terminals allowing you to purchase the correct ticket and pass through the exit gates at Orly have been installed.

More services

The inauguration with great fanfare of the double extension of metro 14 marks the end of the first project of the Grand Paris express, comprising a total of 200 additional kilometers of automatic metros in the inner and outer suburbs.

Self-service toilets and water fountain have been installed in the new Orly Airport station © Radio France
Valentin BERTRAND
Large fresco installed in the new Orly Airport station © Radio France
Valentin BERTRAND

New services are also appearing in the metro with this extension: toilets and a self-service water fountain have notably been installed in the new Orly Airport station.

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