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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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