Offbeat Curfew: should we change the transport offer in Ile-de-France?

00:15  20 october  2020
00:15  20 october  2020 Source:   leparisien.fr

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A curfew is an order specifying a time during which certain regulations apply. Typically it refers to the time when individuals are required to return to and stay in their houses or homes.

Public transport fares in the Île - de - France are set using a system of concentric fare zones radiating from central Paris, and are implemented with a mixture of paper and electronic tickets. Prices are determined by the regional autorité organisatrice de transports

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People running to catch a crowded subway, then, a few minutes later, empty or almost empty trains. This is the scenario glimpsed on Saturday, on the first evening of the curfew introduced in Ile-de-France. A wobbly operation that deserves to be rebalanced, according to users of public transport in the region.

Ile-de-France Mobilités (IDFM), in charge of this organization, first announced last week, through the voice of its president Valérie Pécresse, that the public transport offer (metro, RER, Transilien , bus, tram) would remain normal, including during the curfew period.

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France is starting a monthlong curfew affecting around 20 million people in Paris and eight other metropolitan areas. Establishments like restaurants, cinemas and theatres will be forced to close at 9 p.m. from Saturday. French Culture Minister Roselyne Bachelot told the Le Parisien newspaper that

The Île - de - France tramways (French: Tramways d' Île - de - France ) consists of a network of modern tram lines in the Île - de - France region of France. Ten lines are currently operational (counting Lines 3a and 3b as separate lines), with extensions and additional lines in the planning and construction stage.

But evolutions will be possible afterwards. "We will keep the transport open and after that we will assess depending on the attendance, the gauge, and the requirements of the curfew how we adapt the service," she explained. But when will these changes take place?

"A reinforcement of the offer between 8 pm and 9 pm is possible" according to the FNAUT

After only a weekend of curfew, it is still too early, according to the organizing authority, to draw an assessment allowing to '' adapt the offer. Data on Parisian public transport traffic this weekend is not available. Attendance however seemed to drop sharply from Friday evening. And if we compare to taxis, the main central, G7, indicates to have recorded a vertiginous drop in reservations during the night from Saturday to Sunday: -75% compared to the Saturday before. And on the night from Sunday to Monday, it was still a drop of 25%.

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It offers many different types of rail transportation , including ICE or Intercity-Express for high-speed services between major cities and regions, IC (InterCity) for long-distance trains, RE (Regional Find all the transport options for your trip from Île - de - France to Frankfurt Airport (FRA) right here.

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For public transport, we can also for the moment rely on the impressions of users. Like Gamal, who saw the strong crowd from Friday evening at midnight, at the start of the curfew. "It was running in all directions, people wanted to be back on time," assures this inhabitant of Suresnes in Hauts-de-Seine, who then, the next day, took public transport at 11:30 p.m. full curfew, with a certificate to collect medication. Change of atmosphere. “The curfew was taken very seriously. There was hardly anyone on line 1 between La Défense and the Champs-Elysées. I only met a homeless man and RATP agents, ”he says. Surprising indeed for a Saturday evening.

First night of curfew in the Paris metro at midnight Porte Maillot.

Surrealist atmosphere. pic.twitter.com/OLRJChzJNi

- Gamal Abina (@GamalAbina) October 18, 2020

This also makes user associations say that adaptations are possible. "We had first testimonies on the fact that there could be a lot of people in the period just before the curfew, between 8 pm and 9 pm, with people who would no doubt have returned later in normal times" , indicates Marc Pélissier, president of the FNAUT Ile-de-France association. A reinforcement of the offer at these times is possible, he believes.

On the other hand, during the curfew period, “we are not opposed to this being alleviated. But it must be done intelligently, on lines where there is not just one train every half hour, ”continues Marc Pelissier. His association is also keen that the offer is not reduced between 5 am and 6 am. “We know that there are a lot of people who work very early,” he says. But for now, there is no indication of the date and form that a change in the transport offer would take. "We have not been consulted for the moment", indicates Marc Pélissier.

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