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Paris metro: how is the waiting time displayed on the platforms calculated?


The signposts give the number of minutes before the next two train crossings. They will soon be replaced by screens

They are designated by the acronym “PIQ”, like “dock indicator panel”.

Distributed on the platforms of all the metro stations, they display the waiting times before the next two passages.

According to our readings in the field, the number of minutes indicated is generally faithful to reality.

“The waiting time corresponds to the time remaining before the next metro enters the station, explains the RATP.

The PIQs display a forecast waiting time corresponding to the transport offer contracted with Île-de-France Mobilités.

But during disruptions, it often happens that the planned intervals get longer.

In this case, "the panels are updated in real time thanks to a device located at the exit of each station, on the tracks, which detects the passage of trains".

Siel passenger information panels in metro 14. Ile-de-France Mobilités will install them on all metro lines by 2024.

The old panels will soon be replaced by screens

Travelers sometimes notice a waiting time that stagnates, or that suddenly increases.

The "PIQ" sometimes reaches peaks: up to 11 minutes of waiting between two trains, Tuesday morning on line 12!

Over 20 years old, these devices have the disadvantage of not being upgradable.

Apart from the direction and the waiting time, they do not deliver any other service... This is why in the next two years, they will be gradually replaced by "dynamic" flat screens, similar to those arranged today on line 14 Amount of the operation: 14.5 million euros.

This new equipment is part of the overall envelope of 400 million euros, invested by Île-de-France Mobilités to improve passenger information throughout the network, by 2024.

Source: leparis

All news articles on 2022-12-16

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