FIRST PUBLIC BUS SERVICE
Inexpensive public transportation started in Paris in 1662 on this day. Larger horse-drawn carriages transported passengers on set routes. Well, not all passengers – just gentry and nobility, not peasants or soldiers.
Likely due to fading interest, the initially popular service was discontinued 13 years later.
The whole enterprise was conceived and promoted by Blaise Pascal. However, he is better known for his scientific work: the study of atmospheric pressure and fluid mechanics (Pascal’s law) as well as creation of early calculating machine.
Vullemin’s 1861 folding map of Paris is shown.
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