Some news from France, CCCVII

I like to dedicate this post of my series Some news from France on transports, public especially and the ongoing reduction of access to Paris especially. If you have read my blog, you know that I have taken all kinds of transportation modes in France from co voiturage or car sharing to velib bikes passing by the most common ones. I have said many times as my love of the road that I take it as a road warrior to move from one town to the next is the best anywhere.

The road with family has no equals and recommended to all as far as I am concern. This roads I have taken all over Europe even to London yes. However, you have to use common sense and we all know that once we arrive at our destination in a city the best way is to walk it. Never mind those mechanical distractions, walking is the best way to see a city ,anywhere. We have done even with elderly persons as grandparents and parents with much delight over the years. We intend to continue.

Polititians of every mood try to change your mind on transports and in Paris we have the mayor’s election June 28th if all continues well with the virus. The changing of traffic lanes without any valuable alternative is crazy, common sense should tell you that if you have four lanes and you close one, traffic will increase , it will not improved , more congestion and more pollution on idle engines stuck in traffic all over the cities. I happened to be in Paris before the confinement with a company car VW Tiguan automatic! Yet the traffic is horrendous due to lane closing, and even me with savvy tricks driving in Paris, needed to take evasive action to get on alternative streets in order to get out of the city!! The solution is park relay park from way back but the politians did not spend the money then and will not now too expensive as you can imagine Paris is.

Let me tell you some news on this mess cause by incompetent politians as there are plenty. By the way, I know personally the mayor of Paris Anne (Ana) Hidalgo, she is a native of San Fernando, Cadiz, Spain and speak fluent Spanish as a dual national citizen of France and Spain as I am.

Recently, in an interview with Liberation (French communist newspaper) this past Wednesday, June 3, Anne Hidalgo said she would like to perpetuate the pedestrian streets and the temporary cycle paths created to unclog transport if she is re-elected on June 28, the outgoing mayor intends to “maintain these tracks that we saw it emerge from the ground, “she told Liberation. “I would like, for example, to be able to reserve the axis of the City/Town Hall in Concorde for electric vehicles and shuttles, in particular for serving shops, as well as taxis”. Would the rue de Rivoli with cars soon be only a distant memory?  The use of bikes has its rules which are not regulated by sufficient police as they need to be careful  and stop at a red light; the pedestrian engaged on the road has priority; bike path does not mean velodrome, especially when a family group takes the bike path with young children …!

Saturated, poorly maintained, uncomfortable , the Ile-de-France transport network does not live up to its promises, according to a report by the Cour des comptes (Court of Auditors). If the SNCF and RATP are pinned, it is up to users to contribute more, say the Sages of rue Cambon. What is wrong with public transport? With 7.4 million Ile-de-France travelers, who use 1,700 km of lines every day, the Ile-de-France network turns out to be unsuitable and above all saturated, explains the Court of Auditors in their report. This is not new it has been like this for years, my family on wife’s side works for the SNCF and the City of Paris!

Further, a very dense and very busy but also quite dilapidated network, which we do not give the means to be maintained in state. As well as political choices coming from the city or the region which are completely incomprehensible; city of Paris gives to a private company with as a result garbage trucks which clutter the streets at rush hour.
The punctuality of trains has also declined in recent years. As proof, none of the RER lines meets its objectives set by the region. 15% of trains are late on RER A, and 13% on RER B, which has risen sharply in the past two years. The rails, the tracks and the trains date from the 1980s. The infrastructure is dropping the number of travelers, which has been constantly increasing, has pushed the system beyond its limits. Today, we have arrived at such a point that the slightest grain of sand comes to stop train by technical problems or mechanics. We do not see how we can get out of it by according to the union group Force Ouvrière (FO) delegate.

Take Paris, one of the most expensive cities in the world, where more than a million Ile-de-France residents cross the ring road (boulevard périphérique) daily to come and work in the city. Among these people, who do not necessarily have the means to afford housing in the capital (where real estate exceeds 10,000 euros per square meter), 25% use their car every day. As for the others, they use public transport, saturated and dilapidated. And if everyone were to favor the metro or buses as the avowed aim of taxation is to encourage a change in behavior, the crowds would be far too large for the system to hold. This would cause a counterproductive rebound effect for general mobility. As they try to imitate London with a congestion fee, but won’t work here in Paris. The solution is known to all, redirect public transport where is used the most and build car parks like in cities like Nantes or Rennes in my area or even Bruges in Belgium which I used.

Weak alternatives that do not remedy the situation according to many experts on TV ,radio, programs here, and , also clutters the streets like they do in Asian cities  are the personal cycling or vélo as an alternative for getting around locally. With an increasingly dense cycling network, the Paris gives you access to varied routes. Géovélo, GPS app for cyclists, can help you find your way.  The Vélib ’Métropole gives you access to more than 16,500 self-service, electric and mechanical bikes, distributed over nearly 1,400 stations in Paris and the metropolis. Another alternative, the trottinette/scooter or the gyroroue. Their circulation is possible on cycle paths and on roads. Driving on the sidewalks is strictly prohibited and punishable by a fine of 135 euros (who enforces this do not see it). It is advisable to wear a helmet, a reflective vest and gloves. Cityscoot, the rental service for electric trottinnette/scooters with free access to Paris offers everyone a completely new mode of fluid travel to move freely. Mobilib’ offers (carsharing without dedicated stations) You can use the offers labeled by the City of Paris. Three operators offer this service in the city. Each has its own commercial offers. Car2Go; Ada Paris (ex Moov’in Paris); and Free2Move. With Mobilib ’, you have reserved spaces to bring your vehicle back after use. Four operators offer the Mobilib ‘service in Paris. Each company offers specific commercial offers. Ada; Communauto; Getaround (ex-Drivy); and Ubeeqo. court-voiturage or short-haul car sharing is a form of carpooling reserved for short and frequent journeys, in particular between home and work. Here are some operators who offer this service. blablalines.com; karos.fr; klaxit.com;  ecov.fr and ouihop.com. And of course, if you have time in front of you, you can choose walking. For this, equip yourself with a good pair of walking shoes and go for it, Paris is eternal walking it!!! our best shot!

And of course, even the taxis who are cars too, are having a hell of a time to move you about Paris! One tour with a G7 taxi tells you to look ahead, on the bus lane !, exclaims the taxi driver. Four bicycle taxis, four hybrid bikes, eight taxis, a RATP bus, a tourist coach. And scooters that slalom, a touk-touk that weaves on the right, while a motorcycle makes us a fishtail. In addition he grumbles, that one! No, but it’s amazing, he raises his fist, when he’s not allowed to roll there. ” By taxi, bus or car, traffic in Paris has become “hell”, complain many Parisians. With consequences in cascade on their private life. at G7. They developed a certain number of reflexes and found alternative routes, but that shifts the flow onto other paths… which also block them. ” Yes all are block in Paris!!

Some webpages to help you guide you in the public transports maze of Paris nowdays and is getting worse not better are

The Paris tourist office on how to get around hopefully: Paris tourist office on practical info on getting around

RATP Paris transports: RATP

Ïle de France region Transilien on transports: Transilien

A greater Grand Paris area on transports, best me think is VianavigoVianavigo

A blog by Paris on transports in the city in French, Transport Paris canalblog

The RATP Paris transport on traffic information, a must before you go especially nowdays in English: RATP traffic information

An organistation for the defense of the car driver with alternative solutions for traffic laws and transports in France, 40 millions d’automobilistes (about the number of driving licenses in France)in French: 40millions d’automobilistes France

Now I have taken many modes of transports in Paris for the coming year not counting the effect of the virus these are the works, renovation,closing and hazards of public transport in Paris for the rest of the year. Good luck!

RER B: June 14, 2020: Period: all day / Dates: Sunday May 31 and Sunday June 14 / Traffic is interrupted between Paris Nord and Aulnay-sous-Bois. A replacement bus service is set up. / Reason: maintenance work.  From May 25 to June 26, 2020: Period: from 23h / Dates: Monday May 25 to Friday June 26, 2020 (weeks and weekends) / Traffic is interrupted between Paris Nord and Charles de Gaulle Airport 2 (Terminal 2 ) and between Paris Nord and Mitry – Claye, in both directions. / Reason: maintenance and renovation work postponed due to the COVID19 health situation. From May 18 to June 30, 2020: Period: from 23h to late evening / Dates: Monday May 11 to Tuesday June 30, 2020 except Saturdays and Sundays. / Traffic is interrupted between Aulnay-sous-Bois and Charles de Gaulle Airport 2 (Terminal 2). A replacement bus service has been set up, serving intermediate stations. / Reason: maintenance work.

RER C:  Until July 14, 2020: Direction (s) concerned: Avenue Henri Martin – Gare d’Austerlitz – Javel / Period: all weekends and all public holidays. / Date: until Tuesday, July 14, 2020 inclusive / Every weekend and public holiday, no train runs between Invalides and Musée d’Orsay. Trains to Dourdan and Saint-Martin d’Etampes depart from Paris Austerlitz. / Reason: maintenance work.

Transilien line J : From May 30 to June 28, 2020: Period: every weekend / Dates: from Saturday May 30 to Monday June 1 inclusive, Saturday June 6 and Sunday June 7, Saturday June 13 and Sunday June 14 and Saturday June 27 and Sunday June 28 / Traffic is interrupted between Paris Saint-Lazare and Mantes-la-Jolie via Poissy. A replacement bus service is set up between Les Mureaux and Mantes la Jolie, with service to intermediate stations. Regular bus lines are reinforced. / Reason: EOLE works.

Transilien line L : Until 2021: Dates: from Monday July 7, 2019 until 2021 / Closure of the Great West Belt (Noisy le Roi – St Germain GC). A replacement bus service is set up between Noisy le Roi and St-Germain GC, with service to intermediate stations. / Reason: Tram 13 works

Metro line 4:  From January 5 to December 17, 2020: Due to work, traffic is interrupted on the entire line from Sunday January 5 to Thursday December 17, 2020 inclusive, Monday to Thursday only, from 23h30 to end of service and on Sunday morning until 12 noon.

Metro line 3:  From April 15, 2019 to April 2021: Due to renovations, the connecting corridor is closed between Auber and Opéra from April 15, 2019.

Metro line 6:  From July 27 to August 19, 2020: From Monday July 27, 2020, every day, due to works, traffic will be interrupted between Trocadero and Charles de Gaulle-Etoile stations on Metro line 6 until Wednesday 19 August 2020. From June 29 to August 30, 2020: From Monday June 29, 2020, daily, due to work, the Sevres-Lecourbe station will be closed on Line 6 of the Metro until Sunday, August 30, 2020. From August 31 to October 18, 2020: From Monday August 31, 2020, every day, due to work, the stop will not be marked at 22h at the end of service at Sevres-Lecourbe station on Metro line 6 until Sunday October 18, 2020.

Metro line 7 : From April 15, 2019 to April 2021: Due to renovations, the connecting corridor is closed between Auber and Opéra from April 15, 2019.

Metro line 13: From June 1 to 4, 2020: From Monday, June 1, 2020, due to work, traffic will be disrupted from 23h30  at the end of service on Line 13 of the Metro until Thursday, June 4, 2020.

Metro line 14: From March 22 to July 5, 2020: Due to modernization works, the line will be closed on Sundays (and Saturday May 30) from March 22 to July 5, 2020 inclusive: Sunday May 10, total closure of the line until 17h . / Sunday May 17, total closure of the line until 17h / Saturday 30 and Sunday 31 May, total closure all day. / Sunday June 14, total closure of the line until 17h. / Sunday June 28, total closure of the line until  17h.

And of course, more of the same for the T1 tramway; T2 tramway , and T3b tramway.

Now you are prepared, do not say I didn’t told you so but be prepared, Paris has become a zoo to move about , and if going by the renown tourist sites like the Louvre along the quai des Tuileries forget it at night it is not moving cross the seine as soon as possible and get on the back to Châtelet: Thank you Mrs Hidalgo!!!

And remember, happy travels, good health,and many cheers to all!!!

5 Comments to “Some news from France, CCCVII”

  1. Good transport systems need public ownership and investment. If France is like UK people demand improvements and investment but don’t want to pay higher taxes to fund it. Without taxation and State investment nothing will improve. Tinkering is not the solution.

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  2. Oh, dear, it sounds like a mess that will not be resolved soon, alas. Yet what a fantastic and thorough guide to transport in Paris! I am always amazed by how much work you put into your posts, Pedmar. Bravo!

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