Tuesday, 18 January, 2022

Ile-de-France: bus and taxi lanes open to carpooling on Monday

Car-pooling vehicles will be authorized Monday, December 9 to circulate on the bus and taxi lanes of the “main axes which arrive in Paris”, while public transport should remain very disturbed, announced Sunday the Minister of Transport, Elisabeth Borne. The measure will apply “from three people in the car”, will begin “at five o’clock in the morning” and can be renewed in the next few days, the ministry told AFP. Accessible lanes will be signaled to motorists via illuminated information panels.

The axes concerned are “the A1, the A6A, the A10 and the A12”, detailed the Secretary of State for Transport Jean-Baptiste Djebbari on Twitter. However, the measure will not apply inside the capital, where “more than 50% of the bus service is provided”, according to Elisabeth Borne, guest of the Grand Jury on LCI and RTL.

The Ile-de-France region implemented measures last week to promote carpooling, in anticipation of the severe disruption of public transport caused by the strike against the pension reform.

“Lots of requests”

In partnership with five carpooling platforms – BlaBlaLines (BlaBlaCar), Covoit’ici, Karos, Klaxit and Ouihop -, it offers free access to Ile-de-France passengers during strike days and offers drivers “2 euros, 3 euros or even 4 euros per journey “depending on the distance traveled. Passengers must go through the Vianavigo app, which shows the available routes.

“Last week we were 75% more carpooling than we usually have,” said Elisabeth Borne. “There is a lot of demand and there are not enough drivers. (…) Anyone who has a car, if they can take someone, that will be welcome,” she said. added.

The situation in transport on Monday should be “roughly that of Friday,” said the minister, adding that many employees “who had been able to avoid traveling Thursday and Friday (will) need to go to work” on Monday. SNCF recommended that users avoid the Transiliens, fearing a “very dangerous” crowd in the stations of Ile-de-France.

(With AFP)

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