Poster with stations closed during RER C summer renovation in Paris until August 27, 2016
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RER C Renovating – Reroute Your Journey

Poster with stations closed during RER C summer renovation in Paris until August 27, 2016Between Gare d’Austerlitz and Javel, RER C resumes normal activity August 27. You will only see a diagram of the stations affected at the bottom of the stairs to the platform. Plan on buses or other metro lines to circumvent this summer riddle.

Posters are plastered all over the metros and RER about RER A with only a mention that something is going on with RER C. Even at Gare d’Austerlitz the information is limited. With digging, I was able to find maintenance information about the other RER works scheduled. Use Google Translate to read the page.

Until August 21, no service between La Défense and Nation alternatives available
Until August 21, no service between La Défense and Nation alternatives available. ratp.fr/travaux-ete-rera

I was heading to the Eiffel Tower (Tour Eiffel) area, for example. I took line 10 (Boulogne) to La Motte-Picquet-Grenelle, changed to line 8 (École Militaire). The search engine RATP journey planner suggests walking from La Motte-Picquet-Grenelle (16 minutes) to the Eiffel Tower.
RATP Visting Paris page in English provides travel information and a Next Stop Paris travel and advice application.

For the summer, add an extra half-hour to your journey in case of any surprises or “colis suspect” (suspicious package a voyager leaves behind and that must be blown up). On this RATP page (Pourquoi le trafic est-il perturbé en cas de découverte d’un colis suspect?) is a simple info graphic that describes why traffic is disrupted when a suspicious package is found.

Happy Trails!

This Web site and and its blog articles are for travelers to Paris who are looking for advice from someone who lives in Paris. These tips are "for Parisians at heart". Many people would like to visit, some can and some cannot - so I will help you enjoy a glimpse of the city and its surroundings. This project has been ongoing since 2002. Prior to living in Paris (since 1992) my European history a few decades ago with three years in Wiesbaden, Germany. My next foray onto the Continent was after graduation from the University of Florida (where I met Erik): traveling around Europe and UK with my friend, Margie, hitchhiking around and working in Ireland. After living and working as a journalist in Sweden for four years, traveling on boats, the Trans-Siberian Railway, local trains and planes took Erik and I around the world. In 1990 for American Airlines I began working as a flight attendant, based in Chicago. We moved to Paris, France in 1992 where I commuted between Paris and Chicago for my flight attendant/stewardess job. Finally my inner voice said "Stop!" and I left American Airlines after 20 years. Now that is over and I am back working as a journalist and photographer full time on Colleensparis.com - My videos are posted on YouTube on the colleensparis youtube channel https://www.youtube.com/colleensparis and I am active in Toastmasters. Enjoy!