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                                                                                                                           Next stop:

                                                                                                                           the present

                                                                                                                           The metro is going over its century and half of existence in
                                                                                                                           2020. Having contributed to delivering half of the automa-
                                                                                                                           tic metros in the world, we saw in this anniversary an occa-
                                                                                                                           sion to pause and take a step back. It is with this ambition
                                                                                                                           in  mind  that we  imagined  this  notebook:  to  retrace  the
                                                                                                                           evolution of the metro and envision the possibilities for
                                                                                                                           the next decades.

                                                                                                                           But  to  throw  ourselves  into  prospective  analysis  in  the
                                                                                                                           midst of a pandemic, what an adventure! Independence of
                                                                                                                           our will, the writing of this work has taken place straddled
                                                                                                                           between two worlds: the one before-covid-19 and the one
                                                                                                                           that we will name “the world after”. How to write something
                                                                                                                           that will last in such an uncertain time? How to envision
                                                                                                                           the future of public transportation when social distancing
                                                                                                                           is becoming a new norm. But perhaps it’s this context that
                                                                                                                           will give this document strength. This booklet—just like the
                                                                                                                           metro—was thought out to adapt to all situations, to wit-
                                                                                                                           hstand all types of future. To bend itself to reality, without
                                                                                                                           ever breaking.

                                                                                                                           And isn’t it when everything wavers that we clearly see the
                                                                                                                           most stable elements? Everywhere, the crisis has shed light
                                                                                                                           on the vital functions of our society: healing, feeding, edu-
                                                                                                                           cating. But also uniting.

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