What will change for transport in Paris in 2020

While railway strikes continue to make life a little harder for commuters, here are are some transport sector improvements to look forward to in the coming year.

What will change for transport in Paris in 2020

Smartphone Metro tickets

People travelling on the Paris Metro will no longer need to queue up to buy single tickets, which now can be directly bought on the smartphone application Via Navigo.

Not only does this mean the end of tickets demagnetising in your wallet and becoming unusable, it is an important step in the aim of making the Parisian public transport system completely paperless by 2021.

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New RER B trains 

After having been delayed a full year, the trains running on the line RER B will be updated in January with video surveillance and better ventilated carriages.

The RER B line, which connects Paris with its two airports, carries more than one million commuters every day. 

Buses to get greener

A total of 150 new electrical buses will enter the Parisian bus network in 2020, in a bid to further accelerate the ongoing clean-up of the Ile-de-France public transport network.

A €500 incentive to buy an electric bicycle

Starting on February 1st, anyone who wishes to purchase an electric bicycle will get a little financial help from Ile-de-France Mobilités.

The amount goes up to €500 maximum. Due to the transport strikes those having purchased an electric bicycle after December 1st can also get a refund, so don’t throw away the receipt. 

Metro 14 to get longer

Metro 14, one of the two automatic lines in Paris, will be prolonged in September 2020 in what is a much-anticipated step to offer those living in the northern suburbs a direct line into the city center.

Four new stations are set to open between the Gare Saint-Lazare and Mairie-de Saint-Ouen (Seine-Saint-Denis).



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