Paris, Lyon, Bordeaux… Towards a soaring price of public transport?

Baptiste Morin, edited by Yanis Darras

French public transport is struggling to keep pace with inflation. Paris, Lyon, Bordeaux, Toulouse, Nantes… Everywhere, the increase in electricity and gas prices is weighing on budgets and raising the question of an impact on users. In Paris, an increase in the price of the Navigo pass has already been announced by the Île-de-France region.

There were the massive investments to develop the network in view of the Paris 2024 Olympic Games and the drop in attendance after the health crisis. From now on, we must add the brutal increase in energy prices. The Île-de-France region has done its accounts and must find 950 million euros to complete its 2023 budget. Faced with this observation, the increase in the price of the Navigo pass on January 1 seems inevitable.

Snowball effect

The situation is similar in Lyon. France’s second transport network has already seen its energy budget increase from 40 to 50 million euros between 2021 and 2022. Here too, the region does not want to give up its investments. Sytral, which manages Lyon transport, has initiated a transition with the aim of getting out of the use of diesel buses. And in Lyon, too, the price of the ticket will increase on January 1st.

The subject also exists in Bordeaux, even if no decision has yet been made. In Toulouse, prices have already increased on September 1, unrelated to inflation. In Nantes too, the metropolis is questioning itself. It must be said that more than 300 buses run on gas. But the Ile-de-France case is the most worrying.

The Navigo pass at 100 euros per month? Impossible

For the Île-de-France region, a race against time has begun. If the 950 million euros were entirely passed on to users, the price of the Navigo pass would increase from 75 to 100 euros per month. “With Valérie Pécresse, we refuse the pass at 100 euros. We have therefore proposed a whole series of measures to ensure that the increase is as low as possible for users”, explains Grégoire de Lasteyrie, vice-president of Île-de-France. -France Mobilities.

The region, for example, has already found 200 million euros in its coffers. It requires an effort of 100 million euros from local authorities. She also turned to the SNCF and the RATP to obtain the same sum. It also calls for a reduction in VAT and an increase in the mobility tax paid by companies. But despite everything, the price of the Navigo pass will probably increase. The region also recalls that it has remained fixed for five years.

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