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What does the end of MP59 mean?

The jade-green metro of the 60s is gradually giving way to modernized trains

What does the end of MP59 mean? The jade-green metro of the 60s is gradually giving way to modernized trains

On May 23, 2024, a historic date was marked for the RATP and users of the Paris metro: the last MP59 trains made their final journey on line 11. Introduced in 1963, this model of rubber-tyred metro was ordered in 1959, hence its name, and was first put into service on lines 1 and 4. Designed to offer better grip and greater transport capacity, the MP59 trains quickly gained popularity thanks to their reliability and comfort. For over six decades, they have carried millions of travelers under the streets of Paris, becoming an inseparable part of the daily life of Parisians. Since 2012, line 11 was the last to host these venerable trains, which have been progressively replaced by the new MP14 trains. For the occasion, many enthusiasts gathered to close the chapter on these trains.

The End of an Era


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The MP59 trains marked a revolution in the Parisian transport network by significantly improving the comfort and capacity of passenger transport. They were at the forefront of technology with their pneumatic tires, offering a smoother and quieter ride compared to metal-railed trains. Their design also increased transport capacity, as longer and wider trains could accommodate more passengers, thus reducing congestion during peak hours. The MP59s were not only functional but also loved for their aesthetic appeal. Regular passengers of line 11 praised its vintage vibe, a sentiment shared by many Parisians. Their distinctive appearance earned them a special place in popular culture, whether among graffiti artists or cinephiles. A particular affection that underscores the significance of these trains, which have become an integral part of the daily life and memories of many generations.

The Transition to Modernity

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The end of service for the MP59 is not merely a technical milestone but represents a page turning in the history of the Paris metro, symbolizing the transition to a new era of modernity driven by digital technologies and advanced automation. The new MP14 trains taking over offer several significant advantages. They are not only quieter, but also equipped with modern technologies that enhance passenger comfort. They feature air conditioning, a must during heatwaves, as well as information screens and digital line maps for better communication with travelers. In terms of energy efficiency, these new trains consume less, a notable environmental progress. The extension of line 11, which includes six kilometers of additional track and six new stations, is a key component of this modernization. The new facilities and service improvements should encourage more people to use the metro instead of private transport methods, thereby helping to reduce road congestion and greenhouse gas emissions. So, yes, the retirement of the MP59 does tug at the heartstrings of all those fortunate enough to have crossed paths with them. However, their legacy will remain etched in the memories of Parisians.