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|Degas and the Nude- Orsay Museum|
|Helmut Newton- Grand Palais|
|Eugene Atget- Musee Carnavale|
|Cima de Conegliano|
Musee du Luxembourg
|Jews and Orientalism-|
Musee d'Art et d'Histoire du Judaism
|Paris Tourist Office-|
Photo: Marc Bertrand
|Autolib-Mairie de Paris|
|Spurred by Velib's success , the city of Paris introduced this past autumn a car sharing program, Autolib. It consists of 3,000 blue bubble-shaped, battery- powered cars stationed at 1,000 self-service hire points across the city and its suburbs. A driver needs to first subscribe to the program by providing proof of identity (identification card or valid passport), valid driver's license, and a credit card to use as guarantee. The driver can pick one of three rental options-- a yearly subscription, a 7 day usage plan or a just a day discovery pass. After these initial formalities, the driver is issued a badge and is able to pick a car in a predetermined location. After usage, the car is returned to a convenient Autolib location. Driver pay for the time used, in half-hours units. One year premium subscription costs 144 euros, 7 day usage : 15 euros and 24 hour Discovery pass: 10 euros. For Parisians who have given up owning a car in Paris due to awful traffic congestion, the lack of parking spaces and the high insurance costs, Autolib can be an economical and convenient mode of transportation around town. Its proponents hope that a wide usage of the auto-sharing program will help reduce pollution and cut traffic.|
Thirdly, an old public transport system -- the tramway line--has reappeared in Paris in 2006. The T3 line runs along the boulevards that encircle Paris and which are named after Napoleon's Marshals (Marechaux) linking the 15th, 14th and 13th arrondissements. Extensions are planned linking Porte de Charenton (12th) and eventually Porte de la Chapelle (18th). These modern street cars run noiselessly and are pollution free and actually carry 100,000 passengers a day.
|Tramway-Paris Tourist Office|
Photograph: Marc Bertrand