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Paris: Price of monthly Navigo travel pass to increase again this summer

The price of the monthly Navigo travel pass for the Paris region is about to go up and Parisians aren't happy about it.

Paris: Price of monthly Navigo travel pass to increase again this summer
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From August 1st, the price of the Navigo pass, which is used on Metro, trains and buses in the greater Paris region, is going to go up from €73 to €75.20 each month. 
 
This is the price that Valérie Pécresse, president of the greater Paris region of Ile-de-France and transport network Stif, is going to announce to the network's administrative body on June 28th, Le Parisien reported
 
And Stif believes there is no danger of the price hike of 3 percent being rejected by the administrative council. 
 
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The price of the Navigo pass changes nearly every year. In 15 years, the price has gone up by €29.15, with an average yearly price hike of €2. 
 
Further changes to Paris travel fares will be announced at the beginning of August, for example the increase in the price of the “carnet” — a book of ten single fare tickets very popular with visitors to the French capital. 
 
But for the people living in Paris and its suburbs, it's the rise in the price of the Navigo that will be hardest to digest, and unsurprisingly the news has prompted the city's disgruntled inhabitants to take to social media.
 
One user suggested the price hikes made her want to follow in many a Parisian's footsteps before her and hop the Metro barrier (see below). 
 
 
And despite Paris transport prices still seeming cheap compared to many other cities in Europe, there is some justification for the backlash.
 
In 2015 Valérie Pécresse promised not to touch the monthly price of the Navigo pass. “I will keep the the Navigo pass at €70 because I will not play with the spending power of the people living in the Ile-de-France,” she said.  
 
But in 2016, this attitude was already a thing of the past, as she threatened to hike the price of the Navigo pass by €15 to make up for the “€300 million shortfall in funding”, something she blamed on the Socialists for bringing in the unique €70 Navigo pass that covered all of zones one to five despite the fact it was deemed unaffordable for the authorities.
 
Previously the price for monthly Navigo Paris depended on how many zones the commuter wanted to be covered. 
 
When the €70 price was fixed in 2015 it was heralded as a victory for commuters, especially those living out in the poorer suburbs, for whom the price of a monthly pass was reduced fairly dramatically.

But there were questions of whether the state could really afford to set such a seemingly low price.

“They offer gifts to win elections then leave unpaid bills for the French afterwards,” Pecresse said at the time, referring to the Socialist authorities.

In the end though, the price increased by just €3. 

 
 
 
 
 

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The Paris transport works that could disrupt your summer

Every year, major engineering works take place on the capital's public transport network in July and August, when Parisians flee the city for their summer holidays. Here’s the lines affected this year.

The Paris transport works that could disrupt your summer
Photo: Ludovic MARIN / AFP.

Metro

The most significant changes to Metro lines will take place on line 6. The line will be closed between Montparnasse-Bienvenüe and Trocadéro throughout July and August, and the Nationale station will remain closed until the end of August. Replacement bus services will be available but will add time to your journey.

The Mairie des Lilas stop will also be inaccessible from June 26th, so line 11 line will end at Porte des Lilas until August 29th.

There will also be disruption on line 14, with no trains running between Gare de Lyon and Olympiades from July 25th until August 22nd, as work takes place to extend the line to Paris Orly Airport.

RER

Services on the RER A line will be suspended between Auber and the Université, Cergy and Poissy stations from June 26th until August 29th, every day from 9pm and all day on weekends.

From August 9th to 13th, and August 16th to 20th,  services will be suspended all day between Auber and La Défense, and no trains will be running to or from Poissy.

Frequent work is planned on RER B, which will affect journeys between the city centre and Charles de Gaulle and orly airports. There will be no services between Aulnay-sous-Bois and Charles de Gaulle 2 Airport on the weekend of June 26th-27th, or any day after 11pm from July 1st until August 27th. There will however be a replacement bus.

Services between Charles de Gaulle terminals 1 and 2 will also be suspended on July 3rd and 4th. Likewise for journeys between Gare du Nord and Charles de Gaulle 2 on August 14th and 15th.

Improvements take place during the summer, when public transport is less crowded. Photo: Aurore MESENGE / AFP.

The Luxembourg stop meanwhile will be closed throughout the whole of July. As will the Fontaine-Michalon station to the south of Paris from June 28th to July 23rd, and Denfert-Rochereau every weekend from July 24th until August 22nd.

The RER C will also see its share of engineering works, with no trains running between Pontoise and Avenue Henri Martin on weekdays after 9:30pm, from July 1st until July 13th.

There is greater disruption to come on weekends from July 15th to August 21st. Services will be suspended between Musée d’Orsay and Pontoise, Saint-Quentin en Yvelines and Versailles Château Rive Gauche, and Massy – Palaiseau and Pont de Rungis Aéroport d’Orly.

Tram

Most tramlines will be unaffected by works, but there will still be interruptions in certain areas. Notably, the stretch of the T3b line from Porte de Vincennes to Delphine Seyrig will be blocked between July 3rd and 9th.

Full details of the disruption can be found on the RATP website.

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