While Ile-de-France Mobilités (IDFM), the organizing authority for public transport in the Ile-de-France region, plans to remain at 90% of traffic in 2022, elected officials are starting to take action against the reduction in traffic. offer. This is particularly the case of David Belliard, who denounces this Sunday an “aberration at the time of the 5th wave”.
“We want more subways, buses and trams”, claims the deputy mayor of Paris in charge of mobility this Sunday, recalling that “53% of buses still circulate in” school holidays “mode”, that is to say “165 bus lines ”according to him, that“ the metro lines run at 90% of their capacity ”and that“ the level of supply for the tram is maintained at 94% on average ”.
A reality that he sees as the consequence of a political will on the part of the president of the region and of Ile-de-France Mobilités, Valérie Pécresse, in particular “to save money”. A decision taken “against the opinions of the administrators of Ile-de-France Moblités” of which he is part, he assures, and which “penalizes users who suffer from a degraded service while paying the same price as before the Covid crisis ”.
Yes, we want more subways, buses and trams!
— David Belliard (@David_Belliard) November 28, 2021
The elected environmentalist even speaks of an “aberration at a time when the indicators of the Covid epidemic are on the rise”. For him, “the public health imperative would on the contrary require increased frequency and extended working hours, precisely to allow maximum respect for social distancing”.
On Twitter, the images of crowded trains speak for themselves. And some messages have the merit of being clear: “we are crowded at all hours and the virus is circulating”, deplores for example Pascal Boniface, the director of the Institute of International and Strategic Relations (IRIS).
At Ile-de-France Mobilités, the discourse is obviously more measured: “transport always works very well. […] and certain lines, like the RER A and B as well as the 7 and 13, considered as “a little more fragile” are not at all affected by this decrease “.
“We are still at 75/76% of the 2019 attendance level,” we communicated at IDFM on October 13, explaining that the idea was that “where we see that there are really few people, we let’s reduce the supply a little, in the order of 3% of the overall supply “, with the consequence of” waiting a little longer on the metro platform “.
However, there is no question of remaining stuck in a precise position: “the idea is to add trains if we notice that people come back faster than we imagined”, we assure in the corridors of the institution, stressing moreover “that we would be very happy to give the full offer”. But admit that this drop in traffic saves money: “the bill is a little lower by a few tens of millions of euros”.