Paris mobility set free
Paris is looking into making all public transport free in an effort to cut air pollution in the French capital. Mayor Anne Hidalgo has just announced plans for a major study into the feasibility of free transport as a way of reducing the number of cars on Parisian streets.
“To improve public transport we should not only make it more extensive, more regular and more comfortable, we must also rethink the fares system,” Hidalgo says.
She tells Les Echos that “free transport is one of the keys to urban mobility while the position of the polluting car is no longer central.”
Last year, the mayor’s office Paris announced it would ban all petrol-fuelled cars from the city's streets by 2030.
However, the city suffered a setback recently when a court ruled that Paris’ move to ban cars from a quayside road along the right bank of river Seine was illegal. Hidalgo is fighting the ruling with the issue a decree, backed by police powers, to retain the pedestrianisation of the road.
The Seine traffic ban was originally introduced in September last year with the backing of 55% of the Paris electorate. (according to a local opinion poll).